|Ten thousand years ago,
the California condor's shadow raced across the rock faces of canyon
walls throughout the Southwest, but, over time, the majestic condor
disappeared from this land-seemingly forever. Last seen in northern
Arizona in 1924, the California condor was on the brink of extinction.
In the early 1980s, scientists documented only twenty-two condors
remaining in the wild, all in California. Thanks to a successful
captive-breeding program, their numbers have increased dramatically,
and dozens now fly free over northern Arizona and southern Utah.
Sophie A. H. Osborn's groundbreaking book, Condors in Canyon Country,
tells the tragic but ultimately triumphant story of the condors of the
Grand Canyon region. A natural storyteller, Osborn has written an
in-depth, highly personal narrative that brings you along as the author
and other condor biologists struggle to ensure the survival of the
species. The book's kaleidoscopic photographs of these huge birds
flying free over the Southwest are nearly as breathtaking as seeing
California condors live. The only book of its kind, Condors in Canyon
Country is a must-read for anyone passionate about endangered species
and what humankind can do to save them.
Condors in Canyon
Return of the California Condor to the Grand Canyon Region
by Sophie A. H. Osborn
Grand Canyon Association, 2007.