Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887) was a distinguished zoologist, educator, and scientific administrator. He served as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1878 until his death.
Baird’s last major publication was A History of North American Birds, 3 volumes that were co-authored with Thomas Brewer and Robert Ridgway. The entry for the California condor is in the last volume and includes this illustration by Edwin L. Sheppard of a condor chick:
“BBR”, as this book is sometimes known (the initials of the authors’ last names), was published in 1874. It is the end of a string of comprehensive works about birds by Baird. In this post I present what appears to be the beginning of that string.
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The protection and restoration of the California condor continues to require difficult work. That work takes place in government offices, courtrooms, zoos, research labs, and many other locations. But a good argument can be made that the hardest work is in the field with the condors.
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Those seeking birds, including the California condor, have long employed many modes of travel.
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President Theodore Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt both took significant actions to protect the California condor during their terms in office.
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