Illustrations & photos from Defenders: 1980-1986

Defenders of Wildlife News and its successor magazine, Defenders, reported regularly on the California condor in the decades prior to 1987, when all the condors were taken into captivity. During the 1980s, Defenders included some notable illustrations and photos.

I especially want to show 2 illustrations from this time period. But while I am at it, here also are a fine map and 2 noteworthy photos.

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More on Pseudogryps

An early post to this blog explained the blog’s name. To summarize that older post, Pseudogryps is not a scientific name that was ever formally applied to the California condor or any other species. Rather, Pseudogryps was set out by Elliott Coues to explain why he considered Pseudogryphus, a name that was formally applied to the California condor, to be “flawed”. The flaw was that Pseudogryphus mixed the Greek pseudo with the Latin gryphus. Coues’s Pseudogryps had the same meaning as Pseudogryphus, but Pseudogryps was “pure” Greek.

In this post, I dig deeper into Pseudogryps and Pseudogryphus.

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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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