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California Condor Informational Resources

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service species profile on the California Condor which contains information on its status, recovery plans, and other current related documentation can be found here.

In addition, the following list of resources provide other useful information. As with all web site information, this list of resources will change over time. We want to include your California condor-related site and materials too.

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Latest News about Condor Recovery

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Condor Recovery Partners to Consider Expanding Condor Release Sites to Northern California, Southern Oregon

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a formal agreement this month with the Yurok Tribe of Northern California, the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, the California State Parks, and the Ventana Wildlife Society to assess the possibility of releasing California Condors in coastal northern California and southern Oregon.

    According to the agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflects the organizations' collective belief that expanding the use of the condor's "full historical range will enhance recovery efforts of the species as a whole." The last known presence of a live condor in California's Humboldt and Del Norte counties was shortly after the beginning of the 20th century.

    Prior to finalizing the MOU, the Service provided information to the Yurok, the states of California and Oregon, and other governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest with an outline of preliminary issues to be addressed in seeking an expansion of condor recovery locations.

    "This outline provides a pathway for determining if a new release site is feasible, and would contribute to the recovery of condors," explained John McCamman, the Service's California Condor Recovery Program coordinator.

    "The documents we provided were not a complete list and do not necessarily address all issues that will be encountered as interested parties pursue additional release sites," he said. "It does suggest some of the important steps toward that end, such as garnering state support, ensuring cooperation with existing partners, and developing and sustaining sufficient resources to manage a highly managed flock in the wild."

    The Service's position is that more widely dispersed populations will enhance recovery because it will reduce the possibility of a catastrophic loss of a large proportion of the population due to a single event. Further, with the many unknowns about the impact of a changing climate, condors will be able to take advantage of many different ecosystems and landscapes, all of which may be affected differently.

    Under this framework, the Yurok tribe, the Service, and the other partner organizations are beginning an assessment process that is likely to take several years.

    Letter to California DFW (PDF)
    Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)
    Considerations and Threats (PDF)

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