A significant threat to California condors today is “microtrash”, small bits of trash that condors find on the ground and eat. This post provides some current information about the microtrash problem and then notes a century-old case of microtrash causing the death of a condor.
Ornithologist and artist N. John Schmitt knows how to create detailed scientific illustrations. But he also produces simpler sketches that convey a remarkable sense of life. These sketches are full of the activity, energy, and intelligence of birds.
This post presents examples of both forms of Schmitt’s California condor art.
California condors have a reputation for suddenly appearing and disappearing. Here are 6 reports of this phenomenon from the 1850s to the 1970s.
Postal-related items concerning the California condor continue finding their way into my collection. Here are more postcards, postage stamps, and first day covers.
In scanning my bibliography on the California condor, the titles of some articles just leap out from the rest. This post presents 20 curious titles from articles about condors dated 1895-1999. These articles are from newspapers, magazines, and journals.
Published letters to the editors of newspapers offer a historical record of the concerns and views of the public. Here are excerpts from 10 letters to the editor of the Los Angeles Times regarding the California condor.
The California condor makes an appearance in a number of successful US Patent applications. This post presents a handful of examples of inventions with a California condor connection.