In 1953, the National Audubon Society published its Research Report No. 4. Titled The California Condor and written by Carl B. Koford, this book was the 1st detailed scientific study of Gymnogyps californianus.
This post is not about the contents of Koford’s report. Rather, I provide selections from published reviews of the report. These reviews make plain the significance of Koford’s research and provide a sense of how experts responded to Koford’s findings.
In between the reviews I show some photographs and diagrams from the report (note the shadows!).
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Protecting the California condor from extinction is about biology, right?
That is true only if you consider mathematics to be an essential part of biology.
This post notes 3 older examples of insights provided by mathematics into the plight of the California condor. These examples all date from the time when the condor’s future was especially bleak.
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Here is another handful of patents that relate to the California condor in some way.
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In 1981, the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society held a conference concerning the California condor. A transcript was published the next year. However, this document is not currently in a library (at least a library that is part of the WorldCat network).
As I have an original copy of the conference proceedings, here are some details about the conference and excerpts from the presentations and discussions.
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The California condor makes an appearance in a number of successful US Patent applications. This post presents a handful of examples of inventions with a California condor connection.
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The California condor has not always been called by that name. In the 19th century, the common name assigned to this bird was typically some form of “vulture”.
Perhaps surprisingly, the scientific name for the California condor has also changed – and it has changed more often than the common name. In this post I list and briefly explain 12 of the scientific, latinate names given to the species we now know as the California condor.
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How many California condors are there? It wasn’t that long ago that the number of condors in the world was a mystery that scientists were struggling to solve.
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