The words that humans choose when discussing the California condor reflect how we perceive these birds and our attitudes toward them. In this post, I consider the word “protect” in its various forms.
Not so long ago, many routine transactions involved a rubber stamp. Just checking out a library book required 2 (and checking out 10 books required 20).
While the rubber stamp is less common today, they have not vanished. And some stamp makers are finding inspriation from the California condor. This post shows 3 examples.
Birders rely on guides, handbooks, and lists to locate birds and then keep track of the birds they have observed. So these documents provide a record of a bird species’ existence.
In this post, I note a dozen lesser-known guides, handbooks, and lists that include the California condor. Among these are 2 journal articles, 10 books, and 2 different editions of the same author’s work. One of the books is organized around locales rather than species.
Part of the California condor’s foothold in human culture takes the form of what I call, for lack of a better term, artifacts. These simple, everyday kinds of items tell us some of what humans think about the condor.
Here are a hodgepodge of 10 artifacts not previously shown on this blog.
This post presents 8 photos from 6 books and magazines. These date from before the internet and before the captive and free-living California condor populations increased. So they are from a time when such photos were how all but a few people “experienced” condors.