California condors are one of the most endangered species in the world.They were placed on the federal endangered species list in 1967.Distribution Foraging ranges of nonbreeding birds have been documented at about 4,350 mi2.While nesting, birds have been documented traveling up to 112 miles from the nest for a single foraging trip.In the 1980’s, due to a decreasing population, the U. Fish and Wildlife Service began a captive breeding program teaming with the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.In 1987, a controversial decision was made to bring all remaining condors (22 individuals) into captivity and the last wild bird was captured in 1987.Survey data shows that California condors heavily use the Sanctuary to breed, nest, roost and forage.As condors expand their use into their historic range, interactions with humans continue to be a concern.
The Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act of 1992 established the Sespe Wilderness, which is also regarded as the “Home of the California Condor.” These protections include the controlled public access to the Sanctuary to protect condor nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat.
The Ojai Ranger District is working with local partner organizations to deter inadvertent trespassing through educational outreach efforts at parking areas adjacent to the Sanctuary.
Public visitors to the Tar Creek area (within the Sespe Condor Sanctuary) expose the condors to human food, microtrash and direct human contact.
The Sespe Condor Sanctuary north of Fillmore, CA, was established in 1947 and expanded in 1951 to its current size of 53,000 acres. The California condo was recognized as “endangered” in 1967 and received legal protection in 1972 when the U. Migratory Bird Treaty was amended to include vultures and certain other families of birds.
With the passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, federal agencies were required to protect habitat and to prepare recovery plans that specified actions for its recovery.
This exposure increases the risk of injury as documented by the death of a condor in 2008.