What is a California condors environment like?
They are nature's cleaning crew. Condors consume carrion (dead animal carcasses). The birds prefer the carcasses of large dead animals like deer, cattle, and sheep. However, they are also known to eat the carcasses of smaller animals like rodents and rabbits. (Source: http://www.defenders.org/california-condor/basic-facts)
California condors live mainly in California, where they have southern coastal ranges from Big Sur to Ventura County. They also live in southeastern areas of California such as the Transverse Range and the southern Sierra Nevada. Populations have also been found in northern Baja California and the state of Arizona.
California condors have a very low natural birthrate even under good conditions; they do not become sexually mature until they are 6-8 years old, they lay only one egg per nesting cycle, and may not nest every year. The birds were shot carelessly by Euro-American settlers, but lead poisoning appears to have been a big factor in their decline. As carrion feeders, the condors may have ingested lead bullets that led to their poisoning and…
At present,two species of condors exist in the wild. Both are endangered,one critically,the California condor.The andean condor is found in South America,and although in trouble,not nearly as bad as our native California condor.The California condor has recently been released back into the wild,and hopes are they will recover to breed,but doubtful they will ever reach past numbers.