The California condor is the largest land bird in North America, with a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. Now, the endangered bird is being reintroduced to Redwood National Park and Yurok Ancestral Territory in California. It’s the first time in 100 years the bird will return to the region.
This return has significant ecological and cultural implications. A press release from the US Fish & Wildlife Service explains, “These massive vultures are essential members of their ecosystems and play a significant role in the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the Yurok Tribe, as well as many other Tribes, throughout northern California and the Pacific Northwest.”