The federal wildlife officials and the Oregon Zoo are teaming up for an innovative project to save the California condor. The project aims to ease the plight of the soaring condor ad critically endangered species of vulture. These are threatened by the giant wind turbines in the Tehachapi Mountains north-east of Los Angeles.
The FWS said that the California condor, North America’s largest flying land bird with a 9.5ft wingspan, is critically endangered. Four decades ago, the same was brought back from extinction to a current population of about 518 birds in the wild. Although there are no signs of killing any of these birds in the Manzana plant, the breading initiative shows a threat to the species.
Amy Parsons, wildlife compliance manager of Avangrids operations, said, “Our goal is to minimize the risk of mortalities. We see this as a win for condors.” Kern County, where the turbines are located, is currently the habitat for about 100 California condors. In 1987, barely two dozen birds remained. That is when the FWS established a captive breeding program to keep the birds alive.