This post is about “The Boy Who Flew with Condors”, an episode of the television series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The episode, based on a story by Ken Nelson, was first broadcast on 19 February 1967.
To describe the state of an endangered species – its population size, likelihood of extinction, and so on – some authors give pages of details, some offer a straightforward sentence or two, and some provide codes. This post considers status codes assigned to the California condor beginning in the 1960s.
In the early 20th century many thought that the California condor was extinct. Here’s the story.
When I began my study of old publications about birds, I noted that numbers often accompanied the scientific and/or vernacular species names of bird species.
The most-commonly encountered species numbers are those created by the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) in the late 19th century. In this numbering system, the California condor is 324.
Here is some bibliographic history of species number 324.
Here are 5 fine color photos of a California condor that I recently added to my collection.