Birds & Blooms

10. California Condor


HOT SPOT: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona With a wingspan of 9 feet or more, California condors are among the largest birds in North America. They were once nonexisten­t in the wild, and in 1982 all 22 known condors were brought into captivity to establish a breeding program. Now 250 remain in captivity while another 250 fly wild in California, Arizona and Utah. Recovery has been slow because females lay only one egg per nesting attempt and don’t always nest every year. These scavengers are also susceptibl­e to ingesting lead fragments, and poisoning continues to be a threat. •

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