Condors and vultures are known as nature's cleanup crew because they keep habitats healthy by eating carcasses. Unfortunately, condors will sometimes also eat plastic, glass and other trash in an attempt to gather enough bone fragments to feed their chicks. This "micro-trash" can hurt the chicks.
Activity: Clean-up crew
We can join nature's clean up crew by picking up small pieces of trash to keep condors and other wildlife safe. Next time you go for a walk, take a bag with you to collect trash along the way. At the end of your trip, see how much you were able to collect, what was the most common type of trash you picked up?
Another great way to reduce trash is to recycle, but sometimes it can be hard to know what's recyclable! Try the Recycle or Not game from Recycle.org and test your recycling knowledge! Each time you are able to recycle something properly you are helping wildlife and people.
A California condor can stretch 10 feet from wingtip to wingtip! They use their long wings to ride the air currents, soaring high in the sky in search of carrion. A condor's wings are about 2.5 times their height! If you were a condor how big would your wingspan be? Multiply your height by 2.5 to calculate your condor wingspan! What would you look like if you had wings like a condor? Design your wings and share a picture with us.