California condors (in Big Sur) still at risk from DDT

Joel Pratt from the Extinction Countdown blog brings up an astonishing fact. More than four decades after DDT was banned, California condors in the Ventana/Big Sur area still struggle (with an unfortunate lack of success) to produce viable eggs. Pratt writes: The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS), which manages the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) reintroduction programContinue reading “California condors (in Big Sur) still at risk from DDT”

How to save the California condor: Earth Island Institute

Back in the 1980's, the population of the California Condor plummeted to a mere 22 birds. Wildlife advocates and officials had to make a choice: allow the population to wink out, or capture all the birds and put them in a breeding program.  David Phillips, director of the Earth Island Institute, ruminates out loud aboutContinue reading “How to save the California condor: Earth Island Institute”