Wind energy company invests in California condor breeding

A wind energy company is working with federal wildlife managers to breed California condors as a proactive step to supplement any potential losses of the giant birds from turbine collisions. Avangrid Renewables, a company with wind energy facilities northeast of Los Angeles, is planning to breed California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) at the Oregon Zoo in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The goal is to help release more birds into the wild in the future. None of the federally endangered condors have yet been killed by a turbine, but other large raptors have died after collisions with turbines.

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Header Image: A California condor takes off after a physical exam. Credit: Jon Myatt/USFWS