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Introduction to the California Condor / Edition 1

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Overview

Huge scavengers with wingspans reaching more than nine feet, California Condors declined by 1985 to just nine individuals left in the wild. At that point, under a highly controversial program, the last birds were brought into captivity to create a population that could eventually be reestablished in nature. This book, written by two scientists who were intimately involved with the Condor conservation effort, tells the full story of the California Condor, from the bird's evolution and biology, to its captive breeding and subsequent releases, and to its uncertain future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520242562
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,099,053
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel F. R. Snyder and Helen A. Snyder are ornithologists who specialize in birds of prey and bird conservation. Among their books are Birds of Prey: Natural History and Conservation of North American Raptors (1991) and The California Condor: A Saga of Natural History and Conservation (2000).

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Table of Contents

1 Giant scavengers 1
2 Food and movements 33
3 Breeding biology 63
4 The historic decline 93
5 What caused the historical decline? : early hypotheses 111
6 Studies of the decline in the 1980s 137
7 Historical conservation efforts 171
8 Captive breeding 181
9 Releases into the wild 209
10 Condor conservation in a changing world 227
Timeline of important habitat protection actions 241
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