Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Joe Burnett

Lead Biologist, Ventana Wildlife Society

Current status of reintroduced California Condors in Central California

Wednesday — January 8, 2014
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) population historically experienced severe losses, prompting the complete removal of the species from the wild in 1987. A successful captive breeding effort allowed reintroduction of captive-born condors in southern California starting in 1992. From 1997-present, Ventana Wildlife Society, in collaboration with federal and state partners, has been reintroducing condors in California’s central coast region. Lead poisoning and DDE induced eggshell thinning are currently the two biggest survival threats to the central California flock. Currently, resource intensive field management efforts help offset the detrimental impacts of these contaminants. Establishment of a viable, self-sustaining condor population will thereby depend on both a reduction of DDT/DDE and lead in the food web supporting condors in central California.


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