California condors get an assist from an unlikely source: A wind power company

A California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) in flight, Garrapata Sate Park, California, in 2014. (Cultura/Zuma Press/TNS)

Dusk settles over power-generating wind turbines near the Tehachapi Mountains in Rosamond. Federal wildlife officials are allowing Manzana, a private wind energy company, to provide funding to breed critically endangered California condors to replace any killed by its turbines. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

In an unusual — and somewhat controversial — move, federal wildlife officials in California are teaming up with a wind power company to breed endangered California condors in captivity, in an effort to replace any that might be felled by turbine blades.