BOISE, Idaho – The Peregrine Fund was honored by the Public Lands Foundation and state and federal agencies Friday for its dedication to the recovery of the critically endangered California Condor.
“The California Condor simply wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for The Peregrine Fund and its tenacious conservation efforts on their behalf,” Linda Price, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument manager, said in a news release.
Bill Heinrich, head of The Peregrine Fund’s endangered species recovery program, accepted the Landscape Stewardship Certificate of Appreciation at a ceremony in St. George, Utah. The Public Lands Foundation presented the award in conjunction with the Arizona Strip District Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
“We are truly grateful for this recognition but the success of the condor recovery program is the result of excellent collaboration among our many private and public partners,” Heinrich said. “With such a great working group, we are optimistic that we can have a self-sustaining population of condors in the Grand Canyon region of Arizona.”
The Peregrine Fund began producing condors in captivity in 1993 at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, and in 1996 began releasing them to the wild at Vermilion Cliffs in northern Arizona. Recently, condors also have been observed foraging in southern Utah near Zion National Park. Currently, the total number of California Condors is 383, with 188 in the wild, including 76 in Arizona and Utah. In 1982, just 22 birds remained in the world.
Partnering agencies include: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Kaibab National Forest, Hualapai Tribe, The Navajo Nation, The Los Angeles Zoo, The Phoenix Zoo, Oregon Zoo and the Zoological Society of San Diego.
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