Below is information about this blog’s content and structure.


Posts are tagged by topic based on the main topic(s) of the post, typically 1-3 tags per post. A list of POST TOPICS can be found on all blog pages and posts (where the list appears depends on your device).

While most of the topic tags are self-explanatory, some are less so. Below are explanations regarding the latter kind:

ART&CRAFT includes all art and craft except for the separately tagged COIN&POSTAL, FICTION, FILM&TV, MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHY, and POETRY (so, for example, posts concerning dance are tagged ART&CRAFT)

BIOGRAPHY concerns the lives of individual humans and individual birds

BUSINESS refers to commercial activity and firms

ETHICS indicates posts concerning ethical questions surrounding the human-condor relationship

JOURNALS refers to technical and academic publications

NGOS identifies a post about non-governmental organizations, except for the separately tagged MUSEUMS and ZOOS

RECOVERY concerns human interventions in condor life intended to aid the species’ recovery and ensure its survival

RELATIVES refers to species related to the California condor

THREATS concerns environmental factors that are harmful to California condors

WORDS concerns the words people choose for referring to California condors

Other or more specific topics may be found with the FIND CONTENT form (included on all blog pages and posts).


From time to time, I update posts with additional information or corrections. Updated posts may be found by clicking the *UPDATED button under POST TOPICS. (Unfortunately, the resulting list of updated posts is not ordered beginning with the most recent update but with the most recent date of original posting.)


While it is usually easy to distinguish books and newspapers, that is not always the case with journals and magazines. I try to refer to periodicals intended for an expert, professional audience as journals and those for an amateur, general audience as magazines. But the line between journals and magazines is not always clear, especially with older publications. I do not claim my distinctions are correct but I hope they are useful.

When I cannot distinguish between an artwork as a painting, drawing, or something else, or when I want to refer to refer collectively to a mixed group of paintings, drawings, and similar works, then I typically employ the term illustration. When I call something a sketch, I am referring to a less-detailed drawing.

Because I am not an expert in art, I do not try to draw lines between the art of professionals and amateurs, classify various forms of art, or distinguish between art and craft. I hope that creators will not be troubled by how I organize or describe their work. Similar considerations apply to poetry, fiction, and music, which are also areas were I do not have expertise. My approach is to embrace all creative work involving the California condor.


Because other websites routinely change the addresses of their pages, I no longer include external links in this blog (at least to websites that I do not control). The websites that I refer to can typically found with a quick web search.


This blog draws upon many kinds of sources. Published sources are cited except:

General information that is drawn from widely-available sources such as encyclopedias (including Wikipedia) is usually not cited.

For a a few posts where the number of sources is substantial, the sources are not listed but are available on request.


The purpose of this blog is entirely educational. This blog is non-commercial. Accordingly, and consistent with fair use standards, this blog includes content from works copyrighted by others subject to these limits:

Only excerpts of text are presented and these quotations are identified with quotation marks or italics.

Images are presented only if I have purchased the image or, in the case of objects, purchased the object and then scanned or photographed it. For example, if I show an art print, photograph from a book, or a toy it is because I own that print, book, or toy. The exceptions are images provided to me by the copyright holder for use on this blog and, occasionally, images from organizations’ publicly-available websites. (Recently, to expand the range of content on this blog, I have begun including more images gathered from the web, with credit to the source.)

I do not show copyrighted images from publications that I have borrowed from libraries.

All images shown are low resolution. Those wishing to fully appreciate the illustrations, photographs, and objects that I draw attention to in this blog are urged to seek out the actual material.

My claim of copyright for this blog pertains only to my own creative and critical work.


Occasionally I slip up and unintentionally show a photo twice, otherwise repeat myself, or just blunder. But I expect there are more significant errors in this blog despite my best efforts to avoid them. If you identify an error, please report it by making contact.

Brian S Pedersen
29 May 2021

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