Vermilion Cliffs Reintroduction
1996 - Captive Release Program
- 29 Oct 1996 - California Condors were brought to the Vermilion
Cliffs in Northern Arizona and placed in a release facility.
- 12 Dec 1996 - Six California Condors were released to the
Vermilion Cliffs of the Paria Plateau, just south of the Utah border.
Map to Condor Release Viewing Site
Article released by the Peregrine Fund (December 2000)
Provided by Charlie Sheard
" The public is invited to congregate below the towering 1,000 foot
Vermillion Cliffs to observe the release of nine young California
Condors at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2000. Follow Highway 89A
for 27 miles west of Marble Canyon and turn north (right) on House Rock
Road for three miles. Weather-permitting, the roads are easily passable
in two-wheel vehicles and will be clearly marked on December 29.
Observers are advised to wear layered warm clothing (temperatures could
be near freezing) and to bring ample food and drinks. Bringing spotting
scopes or powerful binoculars and a lawn chair will enhance the
experience. Observers should be advised that there are no shelters or
restroom accommodations at the observation site. Biologists and land
managers will be on site to provide information, answer questions, and
celebrate the occasion."
E-bulletin from SONA and NWRA (September 2005)
Provided by Pomera Fronce
CALIFORNIA CONDOR PROBLEMS
It was only about twenty years ago that the chances for California
Condor survival seemed almost hopeless. Since then, daring approaches,
solid science, hard work, and a spirit of optimism have buoyed chances
for the condor's positive future.
With healthy appearing experimental populations flying free, it seems as
though we may have turned the corner, or at least approached the corner,
for this species.
Lead bullets in the environment (i.e., in carrion) have been seen as the
only significant impediment to condor population growth, while other
things have certainly been looking up.
Last month, however, researchers at the Hopper Mountain National
Wildlife Refuge in California had to remove a condor chick from the nest
of male #21 and female #192. The chick appeared to be underdeveloped and
feathers; however, once in hand, the bird to have something impacted in
its crop and gut.
After transporting the chick to the Los Angeles Zoo, and following a
three-hour operation, an astounding amount of material was removed from
the ventriculus and proventriculus of the condor chick. The following
items were among the debris removed from the chick: 4 bottle caps and a
screw top, 3 electrical fittings, 5 washers, 13 22-caliber
shell-casings, 1 38-caliber shell-casing, a shotgun-shell, several
pieces of plastic bags, about a quarter cup of broken glass and a
similar amount of broken plastic, a few small pieces of fabric, 4 small
stones, a metal bracket, a piece of wire, and a few small pieces of
Fortunately, it did not appear that any of this remarkable collection of
detritus perforated the gut, and currently the chick appears to be doing
Does this mean that all adult condors are attracted to ubiquitous shiny
objects and will bring them back to their nest for their chicks? Or does
this simply mean that male #21 and/or female #192 have this tendency? If
the first option is the case, then the species is clearly in deep
trouble, since these sorts of objects are virtually everywhere in a
environment. If the second is the case - with this unfortunate chick
simply having "idiot parents" - then we should remain hopeful.
This E-bulletin is distributed as a joint effort between Swarovski
Optik of North America (SONA) and the National Wildlife Refuge
Is lead to blame for death of Zion condor? (20
Article in the Salt Lake Tribune -- Sent in by Pomera Fronce
Some Sightings in Utah
Sightings of the California Condor in Utah have
become more frequent especially in southern Utah, however, condors have been reported as far north as Vernal, in
northeastern Utah. Here are a few specific sightings. The list should grow.
25 Nov 1871 - near Beaver, Beaver Co.
reported by Henshaw
about 1932 - western Iron Co. Reported
by Woodbury (occasionally seen by sheepherders)
13 Apr 2003 - Zion NP, Washington Co. by John Cavitt |
May 2004 - Zion NP, Washington Co. by Larry Tripp (see photo below)
11 Mar 2005 - Near Hela Segmiller Park, Washington Co. reported by
Laurie Rasmussen (seen by a friend) "an adult (red head) eating
off the side of the road"