The California Condor: A Saga of Natural History and Conservation / Edition 1

The California Condor: A Saga of Natural History and Conservation / Edition 1

by Noel F. R. Snyder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0126540055

ISBN-13: 9780126540055

Pub. Date: 04/30/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

As the largest flying bird of North America, and one of the most endangered, the California Condor has been a source of tremendous interest and awe. This book offers up-to-date information on both the biology and conservation of the condor, as analyzed by the two most knowledgeable field biologists to have studied the species. The authors present first a thorough

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As the largest flying bird of North America, and one of the most endangered, the California Condor has been a source of tremendous interest and awe. This book offers up-to-date information on both the biology and conservation of the condor, as analyzed by the two most knowledgeable field biologists to have studied the species. The authors present first a thorough review of the history of condor studies and conservation efforts, then a detailed examination of the biology and recent decline of the species, and finally a hopeful plan for ultimate restoration of the species as a viable member of wild ecosystems. The book is illustrated with over a hundred superb color photographs covering numerous aspects of natural history of the species and recent conservation efforts on its behalf. Conservation of the California Condor has always been highly controversial, and this book does not shrink from controversy. Instead it offers a broad and insightful, but nevertheless sympathetic treatment of the many political conflicts of the past century.

Key Features:

  • Reviews historical account of condor biology and conservation
  • Analyzes nest site characteristics and limitations
  • Studies breeding behavior and analyzes breeding effort and success
  • Discusses mortality rates and the causes for their decline and efforts to improve reproduction
  • Discusses the techniques, problems, and results of captive breeding and release programs


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780126540055
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2000
Series:
AP Natural World Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents


About the Authors V1

Photo Credits V11

Dedication XI

Prologue X111

Part I: Historical and Background Matters

Chapter 1: Some Perspectives on Basic Condor Biology 2

Chapter 2: California Condors in Prehistoric, Historic, and Modern Human Cultures 30

Chapter 3: Condor Research and Conservation in the Early-Mid 20th Century 49

Part II: Struggles to Launch a New Program

Chapter 4: Battles in the Political Arena 90

Chapter 5: Africa and Peru 102

Chapter 6: Development and Testing of Research Techniques 115

Part III Research Results of the New Program

Chapter 7: Censuring 128

Chapter 8: Movements and Food 139

Chapter 9: Nest Sites 159

Chapter 10: Breeding Behavior 176

Chapter 11: Breeding Effort and Success 213

Chapter 12: Mortality 232

Part IV: Conservation in the 1980s

Chapter 13: Field Conservation and Habitat Preservation 264

Chapter 14: Formation of a Captive Flock 278

Chapter 15: The Audubon Lawsuit and the Valentine's Day Docufesto 307

Part V: Restoration

Chapter 16: Captive Breeding 316

Chapter 17: Releases to the Wild 339

Part VI: A General Evaluation

Chapter 18: Overview 366

Epilogue 391

Acknowledgments 393

Bibliography 396

Index 404

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