Posted on 02/04/2021

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The California condors are being reintroduced to the Redwood National Park

The endangered California condor is finally being reintroduced to the Redwood National Park Yurok Ancestral Territory in California as arrangements have been finalised.

The endangered California condor is finally being reintroduced to the Redwood National Park Yurok Ancestral Territory in California as arrangements have been finalised.

The California condor

The California condor Glenn Young / 123RF

The California condor is the largest land bird in North America, its wingspan measures almost 10 feet. This bird has a very important role in the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the Yurok Tribe, which they call it the prey-go-neesh. The tribe has been responsible for the reintroduction of this magnificent bird and they want to return it to its sacred cultural landscape. The Northern California Condor Restoration Program, who has a partnership with the tribe and the national park, will be operating the condor release facility. It will be the first time in 100 years that this important bird will return to the Pacific Northwest.

Historically, these birds were native from California to Florida. In contemporary times, these birds could be found from Western Canada to Northern Mexico. The population of the California condor rapidly declined by the mid of the 20th century as a result of poaching and poisoning and in 1967, they were officially listed as an endangered species. In 1982, there were only 23 wild condors in the world. In 1987, the remaining wild condors were placed into a captive breeding program to help with the recovery program. Thanks to this program, there are now over 300 California condors in the wild in California, Arizona, Utah and Baja California. Despite the program, the California condor is still an endangered species.

The reintroduction

The reintroduction Charles Wollertz / 123RF

It is hoped that the release of the California condors will happen during the fall of 2021 or during the spring of 2022. New rules have been put in place to help protect the species. "For the last 20 years, the Yurok Tribe has been actively engaged in the restoration of the rivers, forests and prairies in our ancestral territory," says Joseph L. James, chairman of the tribe. "The reintroduction of the condor is one component of this effort to reconstruct the diverse environmental conditions that once existed in our region. We are extremely proud of the fact that our future generations will not know a world without prey-go-neesh."

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