National Geographic : 2009 Jan
ey survived the Ice Age, but condors barely held out against Homo sapiens. Many of these scavengers were shot or poisoned by fragments of lead le behind by hunters. In 1985 just nine wild birds remained. Captive breeding and reduced use of lead ammuni- tion have brought the species back. FOLLOWING PAGES American burying beetles like dark, undisturbed areas rich in carrion. Nature s undertak- ers, they bury dead animals to feed their young. eir range is down from 35 states to 9; numbers are falling too.