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California Condor up close and personal.

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Lead poisoning claims three Grand Canyon condors out of wild flock of 74

The dreaded signal sounded just after Christmas — the sustained tone that indicated Condor 127 had stopped moving. Word passed quickly through the tight ranks of the small team of biologists that have labored for the past decade to re-establish condors in the wilds of the Grand Canyon, from a release site atop the Vermillion Cliffs.


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