(Condor To the Brink and Back The Life and Times of One Giant Bird) [Read] ì John Nielsen
Or animals set up This group failed explain how since WWII "The Condor Not "Condor was not so well in its natural habitat There s a lot of reasons for that but the main thing the government agency was attempting was to repopulate and then protect their natural environment This is what this particular Save the Condor group refused to see or understandThen there was the unrecognized Native American group that said the Condor was the Spirit something or other and they demanded to pray dance and sprinkle holy water over the birds before they were taken but that was only after they failed to get the government to release the birds on their Sacred Condor Island which was not a natural habitat of the bird and would have guaranteed its demise They said the Condor would curse them otherwiseDid I mention all this takes place in California Or did ou guess that alreadyI learned there are a lot of rabid people out there who desperately need to fight for something I suppose to impute their lives with meaning But I did not learn so much about the Condor Simply outstanding book about the natural history of the California condor its decline over the last few centuries and the heroic sophisticated and controversial "efforts to save the species since the 1960s efforts that proved to be successful Great "to save the species since the 1960s efforts that proved to be successful Great about California before the coming of the Americans beautiful descriptions of southern California s landscapes forests and mountains and an interesting array of naturalists birders villains and environmentalists as well as individual condors themselves who make this book a great one Very interesting book awesome bird Lots of history from people who kept the birds as pets to egg collectors to a pig farmer who shot one of the birds because he didn t know what it was I love that logic Don t know what it is Kill it DDT killed eggs of birds that ate live prey and not the scavenging condors a Google search of Condors and DDT gives different results One other Santa Catalina island a wildlife refuge west of the Ventura coast Catalina is not west of Ventura but lies to the south east but there is a Channel Island refuge so maybe geography is not the author s strong suit. Canyon Big Sur and Baja California Today the giant birds are nowhere near extinctThe giant bird with one wing in the grave appears to be recovering even as the wildlands it needs keep disappearing But the story of this bird is than the story of a vulture with a giant wingspan it is also the story of a wild and giant state that has become crowded and small and of the behind the scenes dramas that have shaped the environmental movement As told by John Nielsen an environmental journalist and a native Californian this is a fascinating tale of surviva. ,
Hands off types I tired of the holier than thou hands off ers but this war is a big part of the story What remains up in the air is whether the reintroduced condors will perpetuate the species Freaky fact Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act Nielsen presents an artfully written accessible account of the California Condor s ongoing struggle with extinction in a way that seems like a well told tale than a textbook This book is uite important because it provides a way for those not completely involved in science or biology to understand the history of an important bird that many people have expressed a passion for either positive or negative for a number of ears My only critiue is that sometimes in an effort to give the book a magazine "Feature Piece Feel Nielsen Takes Away From "piece feel Nielsen takes away from point of the book and delves into small details noticed by himself while conducting interviews or into personal anecdotes It s small but it s large enough to take away from the main focus of the book the bird itself I often find that authors who write about the life histories of a particular species can t help but to include a bit of information about themselves as they project their feelings onto the species However I think since Nielsen is a journalist and really has no measurable emotional ties to the California Condor except seeing them in his childhood this takes away from his credibility These birds strike me as fascinating and I hoped this book would provide real information about the bird than it didGranted in the title it says to the brink and back but I didn t realize that mostly this was going to be a saga between various activist groups all who claimed to be trying to save this phenomenal bird from extinctionSome of the groups were as loony as a tune They felt that they were saving the condor by demonstrating against every other attempt to protect the bird mostly the government agencies who were trying to capture the last two birds have them breed in captivity and then release them back to their natural habitatThe activists demanded that the birds stay in their natural habitat "ANY REMOVAL WAS A TRANSGRESSION AGAINST THE BIRDS RIGHTS "removal was a transgression against the birds rights of an ACLU S developers bird lovers and government bureaucrats argued bitterly and often in the process injuring one another and the species they were trying to save In the late 1980s the federal government made a wrenching decision the last remaining wild condors would be caught and taken to a pair of zoos where they would be encouraged to breed with other captive condorsLivid critics called the plan a recipe for extinction After the zoo based populations soared the condors were released in the mountains of south central California and then into the Grand. .