My interest in all things condor has led to my now having a number of decals with images of the California condor. Here are 7.
Protecting the California condor from extinction is about biology, right?
That is true only if you consider mathematics to be an essential part of biology.
This post notes 3 older examples of insights provided by mathematics into the plight of the California condor. These examples all date from the time when the condor’s future was especially bleak.
Here is another handful of patents that relate to the California condor in some way.
In past posts presenting illustrations of California condors, I have grouped illustrations by source or kind. For a change, here is an mixed set of published illustrations, ranging from a simple sketch to works of fine art.
As with a previous post, Letters to the editor of the Los Angeles Times: 1934-1981, this post is about the wide range of California-condor opinions and concerns. The letters here were published during the 2nd half of the 20th century in the New York Times or Washington Post.
In The Seven States of California: A Natural and Human History (Henry Holt, 1995), author Philip Fradkin writes of the California condor:
I have often wondered what the fascination was with this carrion-eating vulture that is related to the European griffin. There was, of course, size and rarity and all that ferocious blackness topped by a bare neck and ruby-red eyes. The condor was a military symbol, as well as a meal ticket for ornithologists.
For this post, I set aside Fradkin’s erroneous implication that the California condor and European griffin are especially related. I do not dispute his claim that condors are “ferocious”. And I ignore his negative comment about the ornithologists who have and continue work to prevent the condor’s extinction.
This post is about Fradkin’s observation (for which he offers no evidence) that the California condor is a “military symbol”.
The California condor art created by Roger Tory Peterson ranges from simple sketches to detailed paintings. In this post I show 5 of his works that have not previously appeared in this blog. I also provide links to earlier posts that include more of Peterson’s excellent artwork.