Information Release Day: September 14, 2020
Call: Joelle Baird, Grand Canyon, 928-638-7609
Make contact with: Tim Hauck, The Peregrine Fund, 588-747-5885
VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. – Just about every 12 months 1000’s of folks gather at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument to observe just one of conservation’s greatest spectacles – the launch of captive-bred California Condors to the wild. This working day is a celebration of the perseverance and tenacity that hundreds of persons have place into bringing the legendary California Condor again from the brink of extinction. In the 1980’s, there have been only 22 particular person birds still left on the planet, however today they stand at virtually 500. This yr, with Covid-19 affecting our skill to get in substantial teams, we will not be able to keep an in-human being general public release at the Vermilion Cliffs, but the celebration will go on!
The Peregrine Fund will launch up to 4 California Condors atop the spectacular ledges of Vermilion Cliffs Countrywide Monument in northern Arizona at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Due to the fact the general public is not able to check out from the once-a-year viewing web-site, we are thrilled to offer the possibility to notice the release virtually on The Peregrine Fund’s YouTube Channel.
Observe as younger condors unfold their wings and consider to the skies of northern Arizona for the initially time in their life. Simply because the biologists are unable to schedule specifically when the birds will choose to depart their launch pen, the party will have a image-in-photo set up with a digital camera educated on the launch pen, and will contain videos and interviews with the condor biologists and conservationists who operate with these massive birds! Viewers will also be in a position to chat with and ask concerns to the condor biologists who are on the cliff, behind a blind, waiting around for the birds to choose off.
Tim Hauck, direct condor biologist for The Peregrine Fund, states, “While we had been let down that we simply cannot keep the dwell, in-person event this yr, we are fired up about the opportunity for a extra global attain with the virtual party and that persons who typically can not make the journey, will get a likelihood to working experience it with us.”
The release coincides with National Community Lands Working day, the nation’s premier hands-on volunteer work to boost and enrich America’s public lands. Countrywide General public Lands Working day entails the U.S. Bureau of Land Administration and other federal businesses, alongside with condition and nearby governments and non-public groups.
This will be the 25th annual community launch of condors in Arizona given that the southwest condor restoration method commenced in 1996. The young condors hatched at The Peregrine Fund’s World Heart for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho and a number of partner organizations, such as the Oregon Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park and were transported to Vermilion Cliffs Countrywide Monument for release to the wild.
The historical California Condor populace declined to just 22 folks in the 1980s when the higher California Condor Restoration Software was initiated to conserve the species from extinction. As of August 2020 there were 102 condors in the wild in the rugged canyon region of northern Arizona and southern Utah and the total planet inhabitants of endangered California Condors figures far more than 500 folks, with more than half flying the skies of Arizona, Utah, California, and Mexico.
The Arizona-Utah recovery energy is a cooperative software by federal, condition, and personal partners, including The Peregrine Fund, the Bureau of Land Management’s Vermilion Cliffs Nationwide Monument, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Support, Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, Utah Division of Wildlife Methods, and Kaibab and Dixie nationwide forests amongst several other supporting teams and persons.
For a lot more information and facts about this California Condor recovery venture:https://peregrinefund.org/tasks/california-condor