Two endangered California vultures have been spotted in Redwood Park, California, for the first time in over 100 years. This has sparked hope that the species will be able to recover, despite currently being classed as endangered.
The particular species that was spotted is known as the California Condor, and it is also the largest North American Land bird. They became extinct in the wild in 1987, however, have recently been reintroduced in northern Arizona and southern Utah.
This exciting observation has been possible thanks to the Yurok Tribe, who in 2003, identified restoring California condors to Yurok Ancestral Territory as a top priority. Over time, this has led to wider action involving several other agencies, tribal governments, wildlife societies, hunter as stewards programs, park partners, non-profit and private organizations. Together, these groups have collaborated to establish a condor release site in Redwood National Park.
Fast forward to 2022, and thanks to group efforts, five California condors became part of the Redwood National and State Park's scenery. Other exciting rediscoveries have been made recently, including a bird species which was spotted again after 172 years.