Condors are returning! By the summer of 2014 there were 73 California Condors sweeping across the Grand Canyon; the world population declined to 22 in 1987. They were all taken into captivity for several years and after successful breeding were gradually released into the wild. They are the largest birds in North America with a wing span of 9.5 feet and are one of the rarest birds in the world. They may fly 100 miles a day, gliding at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, searching for food.
Condors mate for life at around 6 years of age. They don’t build nests but lay a 5-inch egg on the ground every other year. Both parents take turns caring for the egg which hatches after 56 days and leaves its parents in 5-6 months.
Big problem: Hunters are still using LEAD bullets which end up in the vulture’s food: dead animal carcasses. There is a movement out to stop hunters from using lead bullets but some don’t listen. . .