The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yurok Tribe, as well as the National Park Service, brought this week some great news for those who like the beautiful California condor. For the first time in about a century, the animal will spread its wings once again across the Pacific Northwest skies.
FoxNews.com brings the news of the condors’ reintroduction into the wild, and the three services mentioned above announced a final rule to help a new release facility for the birds’ reintroduction.
After 100 years, California condors will soar again over coastal forests and prairies in the Pacific Northwest. We're working with the Yurok Tribe and National Park Service to reintroduce them into the northern portion of their historical range: https://t.co/u7n0V3fydL
— U.S. Fish and Wildlife (@USFWS) March 23, 2021
Paul Souza, the regional director for the California-Great Basin Region of the Fish and Wildlife Service, declared:
The California condor is a shining example of how a species can be brought back from the brink of extinction through the power of partnerships.
He continued by saying:
I would like to thank the Yurok Tribe, National Park Service, our state partners, and others, who were instrumental in this project. Together, we can help recover and conserve this magnificent species for future generations.
We’ll have to wait as early as fall 2021 or spring 2022 for the first condors to be released. The Yurok Tribe has led the effort to bring back the birds to the skies, and we’re also talking about the largest federally recognizer tribe from California that has considered the condor as a sacred animal.
The Yurok Tribe and Redwood National Park will soon reintroduce condors in Yurok Country, where the majestic birds have been absent for more than a century. To learn more, please visit https://t.co/O3amjjEkkt #yurok #restoration #wildlife pic.twitter.com/X8nvhS80wV
— Yurok Tribe (@TheYurokTribe) March 23, 2021
When there were just about 20 condors worldwide back in 1982, all condors were added into a captive-breeding program as part of the plan to save the species from complete extinction.
The California condor is also known as Gymnogyps californianus, and it’s a New World vulture and also the largest land bird from North America. The creature still became extinct in the wild in 1987 when all the remaining wild individuals were captured, but it was later reintroduced to Arizona and Utah, parts of California, and northern Baja California.