California Condor Recovery
As the fate of the species hung in the balance, Ventana Wildlife Society began releasing captive-bred condors in 1997 to restore a population along the central California coast. Since then, we have monitored their population growth, their prolific scavenging on marine and land mammals, and their success nesting in the wild. These magnificent birds are self-sufficient in most respects, but full recovery of the population is still threatened by lead poisoning. We continue to manage the central California flock with the National Park Service, moving ever closer to our goal of a self-sustaining population.