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Recent Raptor News

California Condor update

The 30 September 2012 California Condor status report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed a total population of 410 individuals, including 180 in captivity and 230 in the wild. The captive birds are at the Los Angeles Zoo (21), San Diego Zoo Safari Park (28), San Diego Zoo (3), World Center for Birds of Prey (59), Oregon Zoo (41), Santa Barbara Zoo (3), Chapultepec Zoo (Mexico City) (2), and in holding pens in the field or temporarily in captivity (22). The wild birds are in central and southern California (125), Baja California (28), and Arizona (77). Forty-seven eggs were laid in captive breeding facilities in 2012, and 20 eggs were laid in wild nests in California (14), Baja California (2), and Arizona (4). Including the 2012 breeding season, there have been 127 nesting attempts in the wild since 2001, and there are presently 29 wild-fledged birds in California, 2 in Baja California, and 14 in Arizona.

Lead Conference Proceedings

“Ingestion of Lead from Spent Ammunition: Implications for Wildlife and Humans” is the proceedings of a conference held in Boise, Idaho, in May 2008 that for the first time brought together professionals in wildlife and human health to share information on the toxic effects of ingested spent ammunition as a source of lead contamination. The 390-page book was edited by Richard T. Watson, Mark Fuller, Mark Pokras, and Grainger Hunt. It can be purchased for $25 from The Peregrine Fund at https://www.createspace.com/3382279. Books may also be ordered through www.Amazon.com. The book’s content may be viewed and separate papers downloaded for free online at http://www.peregrinefund.org/Lead_conference/2008PbConf_Proceedings.htm. Just click on the heading above.

The Raptor Population Index (RPI)

The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) has formed a partnership with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association and HawkWatch International to establish the North American Raptor Population Index (RPI) program. This new project will determine population trends of raptors counted during spring and fall migration at sites throughout the continent, establish a central system for compiling and analyzing raptor count data, and assess the conservation status of North American raptors on regional, national and continental scales. A challenge grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation guarantees that every dollar donated with be worth at least $1.50. Those interested in participating in the program and/or making financial contributions should contact one of the three sponsoring organizations.

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