Though this is from the Arizona list it has pertinence for California
birds and birding. Hope this is all right.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr@...>
> Date: June 24, 2004 5:46:33 PM PDT
> To: BIRDWG05@...
> Subject: [BIRDWG05] FWD: Two endangered California condor chicks hatch
> in Arizona
> Reply-To: Mark Stevenson <drbrdr@...>
> From : Arizona Game and Fish:
> Two endangered California condor chicks hatch in Arizona
> PHOENIX - Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists are announcing
> success in the comeback story of the California condor in our state.
> Biologists confirm two California condors hatched this summer in
> marking the latest step in the bird's return from the brink of
> In 1987, biologists captured the last of the world's only 22 California
> condors, in an effort to save and breed the species. The birds are
> cared for by experts and are periodically released in California,
> and Arizona, as the population begins to rebound. Condors were
> into Arizona in 1996. The new nestlings are another sign that
> efforts are working.
> "We're encouraged by the successful hatching of these two eggs," says
> Rogers, head of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's condor program.
> hope to see signs of recovery like this every year."
> Biologists and volunteers haven't actually seen the chicks because
> they are
> tucked into their cliff nests, more than a thousand feet away from
> The parents' behavior patterns confirmed to biologists that the two
> laid in March had hatched. One nestling is in Grand Canyon National
> The other is in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.
> "The next important milestone for these chicks will be fledging, or
> to fly for the first time," Rogers says. "We expect that to happen in
> November or December."
> Arizona's condor population is steadily increasing. With the addition
> these two nestlings, the state now has 47 condors in the wild. A total
> of 97
> condors are flying free in the world. Visitors to the Grand Canyon may
> a glimpse of the birds flying at the South Rim.
> "They're a rare treat for visitors both at the Grand Canyon Village
> and at
> the base of Vermilion Cliffs," says Rogers.
> More than 100 California condors are still being cared for in
> captivity. The
> birds can weigh up to 23 pounds and have a wingspan of up to 9 1/2
> The condor reintroduction in Arizona is a joint project of several
> including Arizona Game and Fish Department, The Peregrine Fund, U.S.
> and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service,
> Kaibab National Forest, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
> forwarded by
> Mark Stevenson
> Tucson, AZ
> 86 43 in 04
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