Going Green Means Taking Action for Wildlife. Many people are aware of the threat of lead poisoning to the California Condors. There is, however, another significant threat that causes 40% of known deaths in wild condor nestlings in California.
Microtrash refers to small fragments of trash such as broken glass, bottle caps, plastic, wire, and metal. It is thought that adult condors ingest these pieces, mistaking them for the calcium-rich food sources needed for chick growth and development. They then feed the microtrash to their chicks, which can cause intestinal perforation or impaction, leading to death.
Oakland Zoo works closely with Ventana Wildlife Society to treat and rehabilitate condors with lead poisoning, but microtrash issues can only be solved if everyone makes the effort. Pick up trash whenever you see it, and make sure that your trash is secured so it can't blow away or be carried off. Recycling and reusing items will mean less trash overall, which is good for all wildlife!.
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