Return of the Condor


“Audubon himself would be delighted to read John Moir’s exciting and authoritative account of the difficult, politically fraught but ultimately rewarding effort to save the largest of all the living birds, a great shadow in the sky above the Western range.  I certainly was.”
—Richard Rhodes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of John James Audubon: The Making of an American

“Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“Moir deftly chronicles the efforts of the dedicated biologists at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who work to save the California condor from extinction. [He] keeps the reader in suspense from the poignant moment when the last wild condor was captured to the triumphant morning in 1992 when the first birds raised in captivity were released.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The story grips our attention as a good novel does and will be enjoyed by birders, environmentalists and curious laymen alike.”

“RETURN OF THE CONDOR is an eminently human story. The subject matter—complex and controversial, ultimately heartwarming—demands a skilled and sympathetic writer, and Moir’s chronicle is thoroughly successful in this regard.”
—Ted Floyd, editor of Birding Magazine, American Birding Association

“John Moir’s dramatic account of bringing the condor back from the brink of extinction is a reminder of the fragility of life on our planet and of the capacity of one species, humans, to protect or extinguish all others.”
—Mark Schaefer, CEO, Global Environment and Technology Foundation, former president of NatureServe

“With eloquence and insight, John Moir chronicles the effort to save this spectacular bird.“
—Tim Gallagher, Director of Publications, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, author of The Grail Bird

“Moir, whose prize-winning story for Birding magazine grew into this book, tells of the salvation of the condor.”
—American Library Association

“A riveting, readable story of a bird’s rescue.”
—Midwest Book Review

“This fine book by John Moir makes abundantly clear why preserving magnificent beings like our once-more wild condors is one of 21st century society’s more important obligations.”
—Alan Tennant, author of On The Wing: To The Edge Of The Earth With The Peregrine Falcon