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California Condors and Lead Toxicity Resources for Professionals

December 14, 2018


The Peregrine Fund is a nonprofit that works around the world to conserve birds of prey. California Condors are critically endangered and a small group of dedicated biologist in Northern AZ are working diligently to make sure they don’t go extinct. In 1982 there were only 22 California Condors left on the planet - today there are close to 500.This project started in 1996 with 6 condors. Today, there are over 90 in the AZ population. This population ranges from the south rim of the Grand Canyon all the way to Zion. There is still much work to be done before the California Condor can be removed from the Endangered Species List. Condors die for a variety of reasons, but the biggest preventable cause of death is lead poisoning. In fact, half of all deaths are due to poisoning by lead fragments that condors ingest when scavenging on remains of animals, like deer, that have been harvested with lead-based ammunition.


Listen to an interview with Tim Hauck, California Condor Reintroduction Field Manager and learn about the program and their releases in October. CLICK HERE TI LISTEN


The Peregrine Fund Research Library was initiated in 1994 and has grown to be one of the largest collections of scientific literature on birds in the world. It is housed in a 5,000-sq ft. space in the Gerald and Kathryn S. Herrick Collections Building, which was completed in September 2002. The collections include more than 23,000 books and reports, 30,000 reprints, full or partial runs of over 1,500 journal titles, and many newsletters, conservation magazines, videos, CDs and DVDs, and maps. The emphasis is strongly ornithological, although there are also many titles on other groups of animals and conservation biology.


The Global Raptor Information Network (GRIN) is a website maintained by The Peregrine Fund to provide detailed information on diurnal birds of prey and to facilitate communication between raptor researchers of the world.


GRIN features include a comprehensive database on the distribution and population status of diurnal raptors, handbook-style species accounts, a large searchable bibliography, homepages for raptor researchers, a “Recent Raptor News” section, and links to numerous other related websites.


Check out these great resources:


Peregrine Fund Research Library

North American Non-lead Partnership

Hunting With Non-lead


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