Condor Conservation How You Can Help

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Condor Conservation - How You Can Help

From financial contributions to on-the-ground action, and from our wild and scenic public lands to our own backyards, there are many ways to support California condor conservation.

 

The Yurok Condor Restoration Program is grateful for everything you do to promote condor survival and to maintain our environment in ways that allow condors to persist and thrive.

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Adult Condor.

Photo: YCRP

Financial Support

California condor conservation is time-intensive and expensive. Your financial support allows us to continue our restoration efforts for this magnificent species in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

 

Your tax-deductible donation supports critical Program activities, such as:

  • Monitoring wild condor activity across our vast region

  • Administering medical treatment to sick and injured condors

  • Building and maintaining our condor management infrastructure

  • Providing education and outreach to regional communities and school groups

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It takes a skilled team and sophisticated equipment to diagnose and treat condors suffering from lead toxicosis; here, in 2019, Mike Clark, along with other Los Angeles Zoo Condor Keepers and Veterinary Staff, administer care for a condor that has ingested lead ammunition fragments. Photo: YCRP

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Identification tags and telemetry transmitters allow YCRP field crews to track and monitor condors in the rugged landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Photo: YCRP

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YCRP remotely monitors condors at strategic and remote locations, such as feeding sites and nests, by constructing and operating video camera systems. Photo: YCRP

Your generous contributions help us to meet the needs of our condor population, fulfill Program objectives, and create healthy ecological and social environments for condors in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Ways to Give

Donating Online

Use the PayPal icon, below, to donate to the Yurok Condor Restoration Program. All contributions are tax deductible (Yurok Tribe Tax ID #68-0178020).

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Shop on AmazonSmile

When you shop through AmazonSmile, you find the products and convenience normally offered by Amazon, but 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charity of your choice, with no fees or extra costs to you.

 

Simply log in to AmazonSmile, type Kee Cha-E-Nar in the charity search bar, and select Kee Cha-E-Nar Corporation. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to the

Yurok Condor Restoration Program.

Already have the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phone? Open the app, find Settings, select AmazonSmile, and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Volunteer

If you are able to volunteer your time, skills, and energy to condor conservation, we’d love to hear from you. Contact the Yurok Condor Restoration Program at condors@yuroktribe.nsn.us and let us know how you can help.

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Report Your Observations

You can have a positive impact on our wildlife and wild places by reporting your observations. The American West is vast, and State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Wildlife Biologists and cannot be everywhere at every moment, so please report important and helpful information.

 

If you observe rare or notable wildlife activity that you think Wildlife Biologists might be interested in, report your observations to the land management agency with jurisdiction over that location.

 

Please also be vigilant for human activity such as illegal harvesting of animals, plants, or other natural resources. Wildlife poaching undermines sound wildlife management and ethical hunting and harvest practices, and detrimentally impacts wildlife populations, the environment, and local communities.

 

If you witness or have information about a poaching or polluting incident, or any fish and wildlife violation in California, call the Department of Fish and Game toll-free at 888.DFG.CALTIP (888.334.2258), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alternatively, send an anonymous tip from your mobile phone by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and your message, to 847411 (TIP411).

 

To report condor activity in northern California, please email your observations to condors@yuroktribe.nsn.us. If possible, please include:

  • the location,

  • the bird’s wing-tag number,

  • a description of the bird’s activity,

  • if and how people are involved or interacting with the bird, and

  • any other relevant information.

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Care for the Environment

We all know the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These words have guided us for generations in our efforts to clean up our planet, while simultaneously allowing us to save money, energy, and natural resources. Now, you can help California condors and other wildlife by adding Remove to your list of R’s.

 

Small bits of trash left on the landscape, such as broken glass, metal fasteners, bottle caps, aluminum can pull-tabs, and ammunition cartridges and casings, can be ingested by condors. These items are referred to as microtrash.

 

Condors often find and consume microtrash, which cannot be digested. Additionally, adult condors routinely collect microtrash, take it to their nests, and regurgitate it to their chicks. Microtrash ingested by condors can result in digestive tract impaction, evisceration, internal lesions, and death.

 

Promote condor survival by being a responsible steward and protecting the environment and the wild places you love. Please don’t litter, and please remove trash whenever you see it.

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Ingested microtrash items removed from condors and condors nests.

Photo: USFWS

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Responsible Hunting and Ranching

Condors benefit from hunting and ranching, and the California Condor Recovery Program recognizes hunters and ranchers as important contributors to condor recovery.

 

Condors and other wildlife thrive in open landscapes with sparse human infrastructure. Animals that die naturally or are killed during hunting or land management activities can provide food for condors.

 

The Yurok Condor Restoration Program encourages hunters and ranchers to use non-lead ammunition when killing animals, wild or domestic.

 

For people hunting with lead bullets outside of a non-lead area, please:

  • Bury or cover the gut piles of field-dressed game to make it less accessible to scavengers; and

  • Be sure of your shot and take your game with you, even small game.

 

For more information, please visit the Hunting with Non-Lead Ammunition section of the YTWD Harvest Management webpage.

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Thank you for everything you do to promote condor recovery and to ensure that this historic conservation effort continues.

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