Contemplating The Abyss and Condors

A national parks wildlife monitoring employee on the edge of the Grand Canyon’s south rim was wielding telemetry gear which piqued our curiosity. He was listening for condors, one in particular who was nearby but not visible. We were not lucky enough to see one in the four days we spent hiking in the Grand Canyon but it is lovely to hear their numbers are increasing. An ancient bird (a bird which once fed on mastodons) that was nearly wiped out is returning to the skies. And the Grand Canyon this year is celebrating three successful condor nests. Last year they did not have any successful nests and the year before only one. Life for the condor is still precarious – there are only five hundred of them in the world – but hopefully more people will join others advocating for the protection of wild places and give space to wild things.

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