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By John Nielsen

The California condor
has been defined as a bird
"with one wing within the grave."

Flying on wings approximately ten toes large from tip to tip, those birds thrived at the carcasses of animals like woolly mammoths. Then, as people started dramatically reshaping North the United States, the continent's biggest flying land chook began disappearing. via the start of the 20 th century, extinction appeared inevitable.

But small teams of passionate contributors refused to permit the condor to vanish away, at the same time they fought over how and why the fowl was once to be stored. Scientists, farmers, builders, fowl fanatics, and govt bureaucrats argued bitterly and sometimes, within the procedure injuring each other and the species they have been attempting to store. within the overdue Nineteen Eighties, the government made a wrenching selection -- the final closing wild condors will be stuck and brought to a couple of zoos, the place they'd be inspired to reproduce with different captive condors.

Livid critics known as the plan a recipe for extinction. After the zoo-based populations soared, the condors have been published within the mountains of south-central California, after which into the Grand Canyon, vast Sur, and Baja California. this present day the large birds are nowhere close to extinct.

The great poultry with "one wing within the grave" seems to be convalescing, while the wildlands it wishes maintain disappearing. however the tale of this chicken is greater than the tale of a vulture with an immense wingspan -- it's also the tale of a wild and vast nation that has develop into crowded and small, and of the behind-the-scenes dramas that experience formed the environmental move. As advised by way of John Nielsen, an environmental journalist and a local Californian, this can be a attention-grabbing story of survival.

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