Unexpected magazine articles

Articles about the California condor have been published in hundreds of magazines. Magazines about nature, science, and travel have all included condor articles. The same goes for magazines intended for birders, children, and outdoor types. And news and general-interest magazines have carried their share of articles about the condor.

But sometimes magazine articles about the condor appear where I had not expected them. In this post I offer examples not previously considered in this blog.

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Jane Goodall, noted scientist and conservationist, is the author of Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink (Grand Central, 2009). This book includes a chapter about the California condor that ends as follows:

I have a legal permit to carry a twenty-six-inch-long wing feather from a condor. During my lectures … I love to take this by the quill and pull it, very slowly, from its cardboard tube. It is one of my symbols of hope and never fails to produce an amazed gasp from the audience. And, I think, a sense of reverence.

In this post I present photos, illustrations, and descriptions of the feathers of California condors.

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More cover birds: 1927-2010

This post presents images of the California condor from the covers of books. All of these books consider the condor but none are entirely focused on the species.

This collection of book cover images is not just about the artistic representation of the California condor. It is significant that images of the condor were selected for the covers of these books. Many other subjects relevant to each book’s content would have made for suitable covers.

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Silver Boy

A 1930 article in the Los Angeles Times presented

An interview with Dr. Vance Joseph Hoyt, author of last year’s best seller in animal stories ….

From this article readers learn that

“Silver Boy,” Dr. Hoyt’s book, tells the story of a silver gray fox ….

For several years Dr. Hoyt has been catching the wild animals in box traps, making pets of them and living on equal terms with them in his place in Topanga Canyon.

Since the appearance of Dr. Hoyt’s book he has been recognized as an authority on the animal life of this region ….

Dr. Hoyt says that of all forms of authorship the nature-writer must be the most accurate and that personally he is as conscientious in keeping the records of a baby rattler or fox [as] he would be with those of a scion of the royal family.

In the interview, Hoyt shares his passion for the chaparral, the “elfin forest” that surrounds urban Los Angeles and supports a wide array of animal life. Hoyt says that

The chaparral is the home of the largest bird that flies, the condor, as well as the smallest, the hummingbird.

But Hoyt is frustrated with his fellow citizens:

I was appalled at the lack of knowledge of the average Californian regarding the chaparral and the animal-life we have here at the doorstep of Los Angeles.

This is strange country – strange trees, strange animals and strange climatic conditions, and … filled with wonders for him who has eyes to see.

Given this review, how could I not be eager to read Silver Boy: The Gray Fox of Topanga?

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