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California Condors

California CondorThe California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is one of North America's largest birds, and one of the most critically endangered. Brian Walton was involved in natural history observation and eggshell collection of the historical wild condor population in California. The last members of that population were trapped for safety and captive breeding in the mid-1980s. SCPBRG was a supporter of efforts to captively breed condors and develop release populations.

Successful captive breeding efforts at the Los Angeles Zoo, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and The Peregrine Fund's World Center of Birds of Prey have helped to avert extinction for this magnificent bird, providing young condors for release back into the wild. Through Brian Walton's participation on the Condor Recovery Team in earlier years, SCPBRG has participated in an advisory role throughout the California Condor recovery planning and implementation process.

For more information on condors in California, please visit:

Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge

Ventana Wildlife Society

Project Gutpile