Worries over wind farms cloud condor repopulation program
“I don’t know if they realize the impact on the species,” said Lobo, a member of the U.s. Fish and Wildlife Service team that monitors condors. “They’re trying to push these turbines into the ground [and] they’re not even going to go near the birds.” According to U.s. Fish and Wildlife, 1,500 to 4,000 birds could die in the coming century due to the proliferation of wind turbines.
Condor Repopulation Program
The U.s. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working for years to find a viable solution to the condor population problem. They are looking into the possibility of re-introducing condors in a protected area. In 2004, the U.s. Fish and Wildlife Service began to take condor nesting areas that had been established by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. They’ve been focusing on sites east of the Mississippi River on the National Seashore. This allowed them to use a few nesting sites in the park to start with.
U.s. Fish and Wildlife launched a condor repopulation pilot project in San Francisco’s Presidio in 2008. The program introduced condors to the Marin Headlands and is currently considering a similar option for the Presidio Reserve. This plan is in line with the agency’s goal to eliminate the species from all of its remaining breeding habitats.
“We’ve been studying this for years and it’s not going to happen,” said Lobo. “We’re trying to get the birds out of the park but then the wind industry will come and put them there again.”
In the meantime, the Condor Trust is helping to raise awareness by sponsoring educational events to educate the public about the condor’s plight.
“This is so important because they get shot at and they can’t do anything about it,” said Lobo. “When the wind industry gets wind turbines in their habitat the condors can’t really do anything about it. They’re not even