Last month, California condors made the national news in a bizarre and erroneous way. Here’s a brief report.
During the late 1980s, California condors were struggling to survive in the wild. As a result, all the birds were brought into captivity. On the positive side, the captive breeding program was having success.
Given these circumstances, it is not surprising that the California condor was the subject of discussion in the opinion pages of California’s most-prominent newspaper. Here are excerpts from some of these letters.
Starting in the 1980s, there was a substantial increase in the number of letters to the editor published in the Los Angeles Times that concerned the California condor.
Here are excerpts from letters that appeared in the early 1980s. These provide insight on the public’s thinking about the California condor at the time (including some misinformation and misunderstandings).
I am not a crossword puzzle person. But because I was struck by how often my newspaper searches for “condor” turned up crossword puzzles, I decided to have a closer look.
Looking through my bibliography of the California condor, I noticed a number of items from periodicals that included the word “item” in the title. These are collections of miscellaneous information, with just a couple sentences or at most a paragraph devoted to each topic. No authors are credited.
Below are 5 examples, in chronological order. For each, I quote the content concerning the California condor in its entirety.
(Warning: Readers may want to wait an hour after eating before continuing.)
A goal of this blog is to explore what people learn about California condors from various sources, especially in the past.
Like many newspapers, the Iowa City Press-Citizen regularly featured (and may still) a set of questions and answers for its readers. Here are 10 concerning the California condor (I left out some duplicates).
As with a previous post, Letters to the editor of the Los Angeles Times: 1934-1981, this post is about the wide range of California-condor opinions and concerns. The letters here were published during the 2nd half of the 20th century in the New York Times or Washington Post.