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Look! Up in the sky! Is that a vulture, an eagle, a condor … or?

Golden eagle by David Harper, Oakley, CA
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Ever looked up and wondered what kind of large bird was circling around in the sky above you?

Here are some photographs of birds of prey that you might commonly see up there. Well, except for the California condor. I just threw that one in because I’m always getting e-mails from people who say they saw a condor flying around somewhere over the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve yet to ever see one or have a local sighting verified. Maybe someday if the condor recovery efforts keep improving. Meanwhile, here’s what a condor really looks like. Note, all have ID numbers on their wings. Enjoy. /Gary
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Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Under: Condors, Golden eagles, Ospreys, Red-tailed hawk, Turkey vultures, White-tailed kite | 1 Comment »

Hunters need to get the lead out of bullets — nationwide

According to a press release I just received from Audubon California, the California Condor recovery effort is at a crossroads.

A recent report shows that lead in the environment — which nearly drove the condor to extinction — still blocks the huge bird from living in the wild without human support.

A concerted effort from government and non-profit agencies begun in the early 1980s to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction has been more successful than many in the field ever thought it would be, according to a report released last week from a blue ribbon panel of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

However, unless the primary threat to the condor — lead in its food chain — is removed, the endangered bird will continue to rely upon considerable support from humans if it is to survive.
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Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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The Gov. finally got the lead out!

Common sense prevailed as Gov. Schwarzenegger finally signed AB 821 — which bans the use of lead bullets in endangered California condor ranges in California!

Condors feed on carcasses left behind by hunters and in the process, swallow dangerous amounts of lead from ammunition. This new law will require the use of non-lead ammo in current and potential condor ranges in the state.

It’s a good Monday because there’s even more good news. I just got an e-mail from my friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action for Animals in Oakland.

Eric says:
“Just got word that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the charreada bill into law today (Sunday) (AB 1614, introduced by Assemblymember Audra Strickland). Watered down more than it should have been, of course (no thanks to Assemblyman Kevin De Leon), but it is a step in the right direction, and should help a few animals. Enforcement will be key, as with most legislation. Thanks to those who helped with this.” Eric

Eric and Action for Animals are of course sponsors of AB 1614.
This bill lowers the definition of rodeo from four events to three (so that it will apply to small rodeos like charreadas) in order to cover all rodeos under existing law, requiring a veterinarian, or a vet on call, to treat injuries to animals and report those injuries to the Veterinary Medical Board. AB 1614 also requires a conveyance for injured animals so they are not dragged and bans electric prods.

My thanks to all of you who helped with these important bills. /Gary

Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2007
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Endangered California condors need your help

Fish and Game Commission meeting on THURSDAY (Oct. 11) and FRIDAY (Oct. 12), at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cedar Room, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11: PUBLIC FORUM AT 10 A.M.:
Please ATTEND and make a statement at the Public Forum supporting a ban on the use of lead bullets on the endangered California condor refuge. These birds are dying from lead poisoning when they eat animals that have been shot by lead bullets (they ingest the lead fragments).
The Public Forum is the first thing on the agenda. If you can’t stay long, please at least make a statement supporting the lead ban in the condor refuge. This is VERY important and numbers (those who support the ban) count. The commissioners need to see a LARGE audience of lead ban supporters.

Items on the Thursday 10 a.m. agenda include: PUBLIC FORUM, Receipt of Public Comments RE the Revised Draft Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas; Request by City of Oakland for Commission Consideration to Prohibit Sports Fishing in All Freshwater Creeks, Streams, and Waterways within the Oakland City Limits; Possible Emergency Action to List the Longfin Smelt as an Endangered Species; and more.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 8:30 A.M.:
Items on Friday Agenda include: Receipt of Public Comments, orally or in writing, on all options proposed re the use of lean ammunition in condor habitat; receipt of Public Testimony on Proposals re the Prohibition Against Feeding Big Game Mammals; and more.

PLEASE at least make a quick statement supporting the ban on lead bullets in the condor refuge at the 10 a.m. Public Forum on THURSDAY. The condors need your support. Thanks. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
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