Several years ago I attended a presentation by a researcher who believes California condors were once a resident breeding species in the Columbia River Gorge, and hopes to see them return some day.
But a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that as long as hunters are allowed to use lead ammunition, condors will never be able to grow to self-sustaining populations anywhere. Read the story in the Oregonian.
This is an issue I can’t believe has not yet been resolved, especially when there are alternatives to lead ammunition. The effect of lead poisoning on other birds, such as bald eagles and trumpeter swans, is also heartbreaking and unnecessary. Tell your legislators enough is enough.
Many thanks to my friend Leo Shaw who took this fabulous photo of a California condor last year in the Southwest.