For the Yurok Native Americans of the North Coast, few animals are as sacred as the California condor. Returning from the brink of extinction, California condors are expanding their range. The North Coast is poised to be next.
"They haven’t really been seen in this area for 100 years," says Tiana Williams, a biologist and Yurok tribal member, "but they figure heavily in our stories and feature heavily in our world renewal ceremonies."
This spring the Yurok tribe, whose lands center around the Klamath river, a handful of government agencies, and the Central Coast nonprofit, the Ventana Wildlife Society signed an agreement to cooperatively work toward returning condors to the North Coast.