September 23, 1990 |
The bald eagle in flight is a riveting spectacle, its white head and white tail feathers contrasting starkly with its dark-brown six-foot wings as it soars high above the South Branch of the Potomac River. In its nearby nest in a tall white pine, one of two known eagle nests in West Virginia, two fledgling chicks wait to be fed, perhaps with a fish the hunting parent finds along the river bank.
March 20, 1987 |
Department of Fish and Game officials are reminding California taxpayers this month of the state's tax check-off to fund programs for helping rare and endangered species. Californians, by designating a contribution on line 90 under the heading "Voluntary Contributions" of their state tax returns, contributed more than $750,000 last year. Contributions are deductible by the individual as long as deductions are itemized.
March 18, 1987 |
Quick now, where's the best wildlife show in California? Riding boats off the coast to watch the California gray whale migration? Watching wintertime arrivals of hundreds of thousands of waterfowl to the huge federal refuges on the California-Oregon line? How about watching pronghorn antelopes race across the flatlands of Modoc County? All good, no doubt about it. But, believe it or not, the best California wildlife show may very well be in downtown Los Angeles.
March 30, 2001 |
A California condor has laid an egg in the wild--the first in 15 years and a key signal that the giant bird that once hovered on the brink of extinction is strengthening its grip on life outside of zoos. Discovery of the lone egg, found Sunday in a remote cave on a cliff in the northeast corner of the Grand Canyon, marks the first time since an ambitious recovery program began that the big vultures have successfully mated in the wild.
September 18, 1993 |
Twelve California condors from captive breeding programs in Los Angeles and San Diego will be moved next week to a new facility in Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials announced Friday. The move will mark the first time in the history of the $15-million condor recovery program that the endangered birds, which once roamed across North America, will be bred outside California, said Robert Mesta, who coordinates the Condor Recovery Program based in Ventura.
November 28, 2001 |
Eleven California condors arrived at their new home Tuesday near the Grand Canyon where they will spend several months getting acclimated before wildlife officials release them into the wild. The condors were transported from Idaho to Marble Canyon in northern Arizona on a U.S. Forest Service plane. From there they were taken to an aviary atop the Vermilion Cliffs, southwest of Lake Powell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2002 |
The recent deaths of three California condor chicks born in the wild is bringing a new, more hands-on management style to a program to save the rare birds. But critics say the changes do nothing to remedy fundamental flaws in the $35-million project. Although condors have been coddled in captivity and closely monitored in the wild for two decades, the three turkey-sized chicks died last month. One had eaten everything from bottle caps to metal screws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1998 |
Sixteen years after nearly becoming extinct, California condors are making a surprising comeback, expanding their numbers and their range far beyond the Ventura County back country where the ambitious experiment to rescue them began. Scientists credit new chick rearing and release strategies for enabling the condor to wing its way back from the brink of annihilation. In the last decade, the California condor population has increased fivefold, to 150 birds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2002 |
The hornbills are stiff as battle-axes, the ostriches sit folded like bath towels, and the shimmering green quetzals lie resplendent in drawers reeking of mothballs. Tray after tray, row after row, the birds and their eggs stretch across the 22,000 square feet of this featureless warehouse on the dusty outskirts of Camarillo, home of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, one of the largest and perhaps least-known ornithology collections in the world.