Our progress toward California Condor species recovery took a tremendous blow last year when the Dolan Fire destroyed the Big Sur Condor Sanctuary. Rebuilding is underway and releases of condors to the wild continues at our San Simeon release site.
Last year, our previous impressive gains in the size of the flock plummeted by 10% due to the Dolan wildfire. In fact, 2020, was only the second of 24 years of releasing condors to the wild that the wild population decreased despite annual releases of captive-bred birds.
Spring has brought new hope with the arrival of two new condor chicks and several others on the way! YOU can build upon this hope and help us restore the critically endangered California Condor to the wild!
Your support is crucial so that we can continue to:
- Conduct as many releases of captive-bred condors to the wild as possible
- Ensure population growth and healthy dynamics of the flock
- Ensure the survival of condor chicks and adult pairs as they successfully nest in the wild
- Minimize hazards such as lead poisoning from the ingestion of spent ammunition
Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Fund, every dollar raised this year will be matched 1:1 up to almost $360,000. Please consider making a gift today and help the condor survive in the wild again.
+Find Ventana Wildlife Society in a May 2021 Senate Subcommittee letter about the Endangered Species Fund.
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