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.
Nonsense stories about the California condor were not uncommon in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here’s one such story that was repeatedly published over the course of nearly 25 years.
In this post I present 5 more news photos that I acquired from news organizations selling off their collections of real, printed photos.
When California condors appear in works of fiction, individual birds are sometimes given their own names. In this post, I note some of these fictional names by quoting the names’ creators.