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Endangered Condors to be Released in Northern Arizona

The captive-bred birds of prey will be released atop the dramatic Vermilion Cliffs in Northern Arizona.

Condor 23 California condor Number 23 opens his wings, near Mather Point, South Rim Grand Canyon, May 2012.
Christopher Conover, AZPM

VERMILION CLIFFS — Arizona's Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to witness the release of endangered California Condors at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument next month.

The state agency says the release of several young captive-bred condors is planned for 11 a.m. on Sept. 22.

The Peregrine Fund will oversee the release atop the dramatic red cliffs in northern Arizona near the state's border with southern Utah.

The California Condor population dwindled to just 22 in the 1980s, when an effort was launched to save the species from extinction. As of July 25, there were nearly 500 California Condors in the wild, including about 85 in the rugged canyon country of northern Arizona and southern Utah.

The release coincides with National Public Lands Day.

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