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A condor spreads its wings to soak up morning sun and prepare his flight muscles for a day of soaring over the Vermillion Cliffs and the Grand Canyon, looking for food with near-binocular vision. Many of the 74 condors in the reintroduced Arizona flock delight visitors to the Grand Canyon each spring, apparently drawn to all the activity on the South Rim.

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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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