The Epic Saga of the Thunderbird

  • [photo by David Schindler]

    [photo by David Schindler]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

Have you seen one yourself, soaring wild across the sky?

It appears silently, suddenly, soaring effortlessly across towering thermals without flapping its wings, slipping through a majestic rip in time to bypass the conscious mind, sweeping your heart with it into the Pleistocene era.

On the wings of the giant California condor, the sweeping unity of mountain ridges, valleys and open sky snap Google Earth into the fourth dimension—into the reality of flying these thermals over these mountains for hundreds of thousands of years.

The largest flying bird in North America thrived when the giant sloth, the rhinoceros, the saber tooth tiger and mastodon walked this land. Condor dined on the carrion of those big beasts. But for millennia now, fallen elk, antelope and deer have been its main food. Gymnogyps californianus may have the face of a dinosaur, but this endangered species does not…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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