Rare California condor Chick Born in Utah
A very first condor chick was born in the rocky peaks of Utah's Zion National Park. The pair of condors and their newly hatched chick could be a big step towards California condors renewing themselves in Southern Utah. At present, there are around 70-75 condors close to the Arizona border-Utah.
Biologists found the nest by tracking signals from radio and global positioning system transmitters positioned on the adult birds. Since the time of its reintroduction in Northern Arizona in 1996, the condor chick is the species' largest achievement so far.
The head of resource management and research at Zion National Park, Fred Armstrong, exclaimed, "The California Condor is probably the most endangered bird in North America, mainly because the population had dwindled so low in the end of the 1980s that there were only 22 birds left in the wild".
In the mid-1980s, the Federal Government made a decision to capture the remaining condor chicks and put them into a captive breeding program with the hope of boosting their population.
Now, the baby bird is thought to be around two and a half months old. The baby will spend the next few months exercising the wings and is expected to fly in November or December. Its parents will spend a full year raising it adequately. Though the condor gets its name from California State, it is still yet to be 'restituted' into the State. The Yurok Tribe conservation group expects to accomplish this in the next one to three years.
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