Ever interested in the language that humans choose when discussing the California condor, here I consider items published with the word “comeback” in the title. These span several decades.

In this 1st item, the comeback in the title does not refer to the condor but offers a relevant contrast:

Devlin, John C. “Condors Fight to Survive in U.S.; Wild Turkeys Make a Comeback”. New York Times. 11 April 1960.

This article claims that condors have “virtually outlasted their food supply”. The thriving turkeys are those in upstate New York.

Of the items noted in this post, this is the only one where an individual bird, not the species, is coming back:

“Wounded Condor Making Comeback”. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin. October 1976.

01 National Geographic World - masthead

Next is an article for younger readers:

Comeback Trail of the California Condor”. National Geographic World. November 1989.

02 Anon 1989 - title

The bird making the comeback in this next item is not the condor but the brown pelican:

Sharn, Lori. “Rare Bird Making Comeback”. USA Today. 17 April 1990.

However, most of this newspaper article is about struggling species. Included is a photo of a newly hatched California condor and a note that the condor population is but 37.

A substantial article by 2 California condor experts is:

Snyder, Helen A, and Noel F R Snyder. “The Comeback of the California Condor”. Birds International. April-June 1990.

03 Snyder & Snyder 1990 - title

Here is a wide-ranging look at endangered species for younger readers:

Laycock, George. “Comeback Critters”. Boys’ Life. October 1998.

While this article considers progress with bison, whitetail deer, and other species, the California condor is categorized as being in danger.

This next title refers to factors inhibiting and promoting the condor’s coming back:

Allen, Elizabeth, and Martin Fisher. “Junk Hampers Condors’ Comeback … but Ban on Lead Ammunition Should Help”. Oryx. January 2008.

A newspaper in condor country provides a thorough article with fine photos:

Kettmann, Matt. 2010. “The Great California Condor Comeback”. Santa Barbara Independent. 7 January 2010.

Finally, there is a new book for young readers that I have not yet seen. This is from the publisher’s Scientists in the Field series:

Montgomery, Sy, and Tianne Strombeck. Condor Comeback. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2020.

To see the cover of the issue of Birds International cited above, which includes an excellent photo of a California condor, see the post Cover birds: 1978–2011.

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