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Condor Release Scheduled This Fall

August 11
15:34 2014

CA CondorAnother release of the endangered California Condor is scheduled for this fall at Vermilion Cliffs.

Since the species was placed on the Endangered Species List in 1967, recovery efforts have increased the condor population from 22 in 1982 to over 400 today. These population increases can be attributed to the captive breeding program outlined in the California Condor Recovery Program. After being bred in captivity, juvenile condors are released into the wild at places such as Vermilion Cliffs National Monument; a Bureau of Land Management unit in Arizona. The monument releases California condors into the wild as part of their annual National Public Lands Day celebration. Approximately 75, out of the 200 condors in the wild, live at Vermilion Cliffs.

Another release is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument at 11:00 A.M. The public is welcome to observe the release from a viewing area where spotting scopes will be set up and project personnel will be available to answer questions.

With an average weight of 22 pounds and a wingspan of up to 9.5 feet, the endangered California condor is one of the largest flying birds in the world. The bird’s plumage is black with white patches on the underside of its wings. A California condor’s head is largely bald with skin color that ranges from yellow to bright orange once the bird reaches adulthood. Juvenile condors have gray patches of feathers on the underside of their wings and dark black/brown skin on their heads.

Remember the Condor Rules:

1) Never try to approach or feed condors. Use binoculars and spotting scopes to observe condors from a distance.

2) Never stop, excessively slow down, or view condors on Highway 89A. Use pullouts along the road to search for and view condors.

3) If you observe anyone harassing or harming a condor, immediately call:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department:(928) 774-5045
The Peregrine Fund: (928) 355-2270
Bureau of Land Management: (435) 688-3200
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: (602) 640-2720
Grand Canyon National Park:(928) 638-7779

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