Thirty years ago today, 19 April 1987, the “last wild” California condor was captured and taken to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
In this post I note reports of this event that were published the next day in 4 major newspapers. I also show an editorial cartoon that appeared in the Los Angeles Times 2 days after the capture.
Continue reading “Extinct in the wild: news reports – part 1”
One indicator of the extent of humans’ interest in the California condor is the number of items published in newspapers, including articles, editorials, and advertisements. In this post I consider the variation over time in the number of items published in the Los Angeles Times.
Continue reading “Ebb and flow”
A recent post listed a number of headlines from the Los Angeles Times that began, literally, with some number of individual California condors. In this post are headlines, again from the Los Angeles Times, that report the total number of living condors through time.
Continue reading “Population headlines”
I find newspaper headlines appealing. The abbreviations and other “shorthand” in headlines reflect the relationship, the mutual understanding between headline writer and reader. Headlines also bend the rules of good writing. Headlines can include “2” instead of “two” and even begin with digits.
While perusing the Los Angeles Times, I noticed that a number of headlines for articles about the California condor begin with some quantity of birds, a quantity not specified with a word. Many of these articles concern condors being shuttled between the wild and zoos.
Continue reading “Start with the numbers”
When we think about the people who are contributing to the recovery of the California condor, it’s the scientists, veterinarians, and keepers – working in the field, laboratory, and at zoos – who usually come to mind. But many others are making essential contributions. In this post I consider journalists who reported on the California condor.
Continue reading “Journalists”
Is there anything funny about an exceptionally large, endangered bird?
Here, for your consideration, are an assortment of items concerning the California condor that were intended to be humorous. Two of the items are not explicitly about the California condor, but are close enough.
Continue reading “Making fun”