Poisoning from lead shot still hampering condor recovery attempts in NPs
Soaring high overhead, circling upwards on thermals that lift wings spanning nearly 10 feet from tip to tip, California condors are one of the world's rarest birds. And while humans have helped immensely to recover their populations, humans also are standing in the way of recovery.
Twenty years into an ambitious recovery plan, though the birds are expanding their territory in the Southwest, their recovery is tenuous. Life as a condor in the region, you see, is not an easy one because of deadly risks they encounter, from lead shot in gut piles left behind by hunters to electrical wires that can deliver a deadly shock to them. And then there are somewhat even more unusual threats.