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California condor

It’s not the loveliest of birds, but this largest of all North American avians, with a wingspan of some 10 feet, is an important carrion feeder, critically endangered due to lead poisoning, pesticides, and a host of other factors. It’s been on the watch list since 1987, but even now, after years of captive breeding and release into the wild, its numbers still hover at about 12.

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