California Condors are listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered and were nearly extinct by in the 1980s. In the late 1980s the surviving 22 Condors were moved into captivity. Since then, they have been bred in captivity and many have been re-introduced into the wild in the southwestern US. There are now more than 200 wild Condors in North America and they have begun to breed naturally.
In 2015 I had the privilege of seeing four of these large, wild raptors in northern Arizona. This is a female, L3. She was born in captivity in March 2011 and released in September 2012. On this autumn morning we found her perched in the girders under a bridge warming her feathers in the early sunlight. October 26, 2015