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First wild California Condor chick of 2015

March 30th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, California Condor

Thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, we have this amazing photo of the first California Condor chick of 2015. This shot was taken by Joseph Brandt who rappelled down a cliff to visit the condor family’s cave. More on the Condor Cave Facebook […]

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Groups line up to support 2013 law requiring nonlead ammunition for hunting

March 19th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Nearly 40 groups from conservation, animal protection, environmental justice, and public health today sent a letter opposing a new bill that would reverse legislation passed in 2013 that will require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting in California. Audubon California partnered with the Humane Society of the United State and Defenders of Wildlife […]

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California Condor pair introduce new chick to the surprise of many

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Because their species hovers precariously on the edge of extinction, California Condors are watched carefully by wildlife researchers to make sure everything is OK. So it came as a pretty big surprise this week when those same researchers discovered that there was a 9-month-old condor chick out there. Apparently, a pair of condors in a […]

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Lead from ammo continues to be a major problem for condors

December 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

A new study out of UC Davis indicates that poisoning from spent lead ammunition continues to be a significant problem for California Condors. Just this week, the California Fish and Game Commission moved forward on a timeline for implementing Assembly Bill 711, which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for hunting throughout California beginning […]

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First wild-hatched condor in Big Sur dies

September 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

Sad news out of Big Sur this week, as word of the passing of California Condor #444, also named Ventana, was made public. While the cause of death apparently hasn’t been confirmed, the bird was treated in May for lead poisoning. Share on Facebook

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Condor chick hatches in Utah

July 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Great news today out of Utah that a California Condor chick has hatched in Utah for the first time since the endangered birds were reintroduced in the state in 1996. Researchers had suspected the chick had hatched but didn’t have verification until now. (photo of female parent courtesy the National Park Service) Share on Facebook

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Yurok tribe takes steps to reintroduce condors to Northern California

April 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California Condor

It has been many years since the California Condor graced the skies of Northern California, but the Yurok tribe has been moving steadily toward bringing them back. Now, we’re getting close to actually releasing birds. Very exciting. Share on Facebook

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21 Condors being treated for lead poisoning at L.A. Zoo

October 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

According to a report from the Associated Press, veterinarians at the Los Angeles Zoo have treated 21 endangered California Condors for lead poisoning this hunting season. Officials correlate the lead poisoning with the increase in lead ammunition being left in the field. Audubon California recently joined with the Humane Society of the United States and […]

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Why Audubon California is tackling the issue of lead ammunition

October 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

We knew going into the 2013 legislative session that a lot more people in Sacramento would be talking about the California Condor than usual. With the introduction of Assembly Bill 711 – which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for all hunting – Audubon California and our partners are taking on one of the […]

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San Francisco Chronicle writes about Assembly Bill 711 and the threat of lead ammunition

September 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle today by Peter Fimrite: The issue is not new. Wildlife officials have said 130 species are at risk of poisoning by spent lead ammunition left behind by hunters. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlawed the use of lead shot for duck and goose hunting in 1991 because of evidence […]

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David Yarnold writes about lead ammo myths in The Huffington Post

September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · California Condor, State Policy

Check out this Huffington Post op-ed by National Audubon Society president David Yarnold about AB 711: A dangerous myth persists in the debate over the use of lead ammunition in hunting. It goes something like this: We can afford a little lead in the wilderness, and a little lead in your blood is just fine. […]

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Audubon Magazine talks about California’s effort to require nonlead ammo for hunting

September 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Audubon Magazine is out with its take on California’s Assembly Bill 711, which seeks to remove a major source of toxic lead from the environment. (photo of California Condor by Jim Bahn) Share on Facebook

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If the past is any indication, AB 711 isn’t the threat to hunting that the opposition says it is

August 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Opponents of Assembly Bill 711 are fond of saying that a law requiring the use of nonlead ammunition for hunting would end hunting in California. Well, one way to verify that claim would be to see how the practice of hunting has responded to earlier restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. A quick check […]

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Leading condor expert: we can get rid of lead ammunition and save the condor

August 17th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great piece in today’s Monterey County Herald by Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society, one of the leading agencies doing hands-on rehabilitation of the California Condor in Big Sur. Sorenson notes how strange it is that his organization has been targeted by the NRA as an enemy, and notes that the lead ammunition problem […]

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Continued high lead levels in condors prove the need for nonlead ammo requirement

July 22nd, 2013 · 7 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

In the debate over current legislation that would require nonlead ammunition for all hunting in California, opponents continue to note that lead levels in California Condors continues to remain at high levels despite a 2007 ban on lead ammunition in their range. They tout this fact as proof that Assembly Bill 711 isn’t necessary, but […]

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