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California Condor: Soaring Again in the Western Skies

The Story of the California Condor

The California condor is returning from the edge of extinction to once again soaring the skies over southern California.

This is its story...

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), with a wingspan of 9.5 feet and weighing up to 25 pounds, is the largest land bird in North America. These majestic creatures historically ranged from California to Florida and Western Canada to Northern Mexico. By the mid-20th century, condor populations had dropped dramatically, and by 1967 the California condor was listed as "endangered" by the federal government. In 1982, only 23...