SDZ Global Wildlife Conservancy - Video - Condor Cam
Geege Schuman stashed this in Life Death Life Death
Stashed in: Birds!
Why are they endangered? Their main threat is environmental toxins, predominantly lead. When they eat animals that have been shot, they end up accidentally consuming the bullet/shot as well. Since lead is a very soft metal, it can be digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in lead poisoning.
Switching to lead-free ammunition can greatly aid the California condors' recovery.
Wow, I wonder if gun enthusiasts can be convinced to switch to lead-free ammo...
On the books in California for almost five years:
After nearly a full year of public testimony, discussion, and environmental analyses, the Fish and Game Commission modified the Methods Authorized for Taking Big Game (Section 353, Title 14, CCR) in December, 2007 to prohibit the use of projectiles containing lead for hunting deer, bear, wild pig, elk, and pronghorn antelope in areas designated as California condor range. Modifications to Methods of Take for Nongame Birds and Mammals (Section 475, Title 14, CCR) were also adopted to prohibit the use of lead projectiles in the same areas when hunting coyotes, ground squirrels, and other non-game wildlife. These regulations become effective July 1, 2008.
If you hunt in this area, you will be required to use nonlead projectiles to hunt big-game and non-game species beginning July 1, 2008. In addition, while hunting these species in this area hunters may not possess any lead projectiles/ammunition and a firearm capable of firing that lead projectile or ammunition.
There's a Google Earth map of non-lead areas at this link. Check it out!
Geege that's very cool. Huh.
Well, I've learned something new today...