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

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $14.85   
  • Used (24) from $1.99   

Overview

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
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Bird Watcher's Digest
Everyone interested in the preservation of rare and endangered species simply has to read this book. No matter how much you think you know about conservation or about California condors, you will come away from this book with a more sophisticated perspective, and you will understand the process and the politics at a level most people never achieve. . . . I don't hesitate to recommend this as one of the most important books on conservation to appear in many years.
Birding
The most comprehensive popular work ever published on this species. This is a large and lavishly illustrated book, a real bargain for its modest price. . . . [It] deserves wide readership among those interested, not only in endangered species, but also in the science, politics, ethics, and philosophy underpinning the field of conservation biology. . . . The prose is lucid and succinct so that the complex issues are clearly and fairly described. . . . One of the book's major strengths is its apparent even-handedness.
California Wild
Authors Noel and Helen Snyder weave history, biology, and politics into a magnificent saga that chronicles the conservation program, from pinpointing the causes for the bird's population decline to choosing a course of action to save this endangered species.
Western Birds
For those interested in complex species-conservation problems and the associated negotiations and politics, this is a really valuable story. . . . Most technical aspects of the book's production are also of high quality: heavy glossy paper, attractive layout, superb photos, a generous set of acknowledgements, a bibliography of 382 cited references, and a thorough index. . . . Anyone interested in the California Condor or in the conservation of endangered species in general should study this book.
— Howard L. Cogswell
Ibis
It is a truly exciting read. . . . This is a very important book. It should be read not only by birds of prey enthusiasts, but by anyone with an interest in conservation and endangered species management.
BBC Wildlife
This book is, as the title claims, a saga. . . . It is a compelling tale: a morality play about mankind's capacity for doing harm, then good, to a fellow creature.
Audubon Naturalist News
The authors' vivid descriptions and attention to detail in discussing breeding, nesting, foraging, and behavioral practices of the condor heighten interest and imparts a great deal of knowledge.
Choice
The authors tell a compelling and illustrative story of the perils of species endangerment and the obstacles to be overcome before the species could be rereleased into the wild. . . . Though it is accessible to undergraduates, it also presents a wealth of advanced concepts and information that would be useful to any natural resource professional dealing with rare species. This is the definitive summary of the biology and conservation issues related to the California condor, and will likely remain so for many years.
Birds
This brave book details damaging mistakes as well as successes and describes the whole remarkable programme together with the history of condors and their sad decline.
BTO News
Written in a very readable style . . . this is a recommended book for anyone interested in species conservation, raptors or undertaking fieldwork in remote and extremely difficult countryside!
British Birds
Excellent and comprehensive. . . . I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in North American birds, raptors, or endangered species. Buy it; it is excellent value for money.
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
Everyone interested in the preservation of rare and endangered species simply has to read this book. No matter how much you think you know about conservation or about California condors, you will come away from this book with a more sophisticated perspective, and you will understand the process and the politics at a level most people never achieve. . . . I don't hesitate to recommend this as one of the most important books on conservation to appear in many years.
Western Birds - Howard L. Cogswell
For those interested in complex species-conservation problems and the associated negotiations and politics, this is a really valuable story. . . . Most technical aspects of the book's production are also of high quality: heavy glossy paper, attractive layout, superb photos, a generous set of acknowledgements, a bibliography of 382 cited references, and a thorough index. . . . Anyone interested in the California Condor or in the conservation of endangered species in general should study this book.
From the Publisher
"Everyone interested in the preservation of rare and endangered species simply has to read this book. No matter how much you think you know about conservation or about California condors, you will come away from this book with a more sophisticated perspective, and you will understand the process and the politics at a level most people never achieve. . . . I don't hesitate to recommend this as one of the most important books on conservation to appear in many years."—Bird Watcher's Digest

"The most comprehensive popular work ever published on this species. This is a large and lavishly illustrated book, a real bargain for its modest price. . . . [It] deserves wide readership among those interested, not only in endangered species, but also in the science, politics, ethics, and philosophy underpinning the field of conservation biology. . . . The prose is lucid and succinct so that the complex issues are clearly and fairly described. . . . One of the book's major strengths is its apparent even-handedness."—Birding

"Authors Noel and Helen Snyder weave history, biology, and politics into a magnificent saga that chronicles the conservation program, from pinpointing the causes for the bird's population decline to choosing a course of action to save this endangered species."—California Wild

"For those interested in complex species-conservation problems and the associated negotiations and politics, this is a really valuable story. . . . Most technical aspects of the book's production are also of high quality: heavy glossy paper, attractive layout, superb photos, a generous set of acknowledgements, a bibliography of 382 cited references, and a thorough index. . . . Anyone interested in the California Condor or in the conservation of endangered species in general should study this book."—Howard L. Cogswell, Western Birds

"It is a truly exciting read. . . . This is a very important book. It should be read not only by birds of prey enthusiasts, but by anyone with an interest in conservation and endangered species management."—Ibis

"This book is, as the title claims, a saga. . . . It is a compelling tale: a morality play about mankind's capacity for doing harm, then good, to a fellow creature."—BBC Wildlife

"The authors' vivid descriptions and attention to detail in discussing breeding, nesting, foraging, and behavioral practices of the condor heighten interest and imparts a great deal of knowledge."—Audubon Naturalist News

"The authors tell a compelling and illustrative story of the perils of species endangerment and the obstacles to be overcome before the species could be rereleased into the wild. . . . Though it is accessible to undergraduates, it also presents a wealth of advanced concepts and information that would be useful to any natural resource professional dealing with rare species. This is the definitive summary of the biology and conservation issues related to the California condor, and will likely remain so for many years."—Choice

"This brave book details damaging mistakes as well as successes and describes the whole remarkable programme together with the history of condors and their sad decline."—Birds

"Here is one of the most thorough, well-illustrated, and accessible books on an endangered species ever written. The California condor story is extraordinary. The Snyders tell of this rescue effort with authority, verve, and occasional humor, accounting the controversies, failures, triumphs, and politics as well as the major personalities involved. While there are a dozen other good condor titles, the Snyders' book is the one to have."—Library Journal
"Written in a very readable style . . . this is a recommended book for anyone interested in species conservation, raptors or undertaking fieldwork in remote and extremely difficult countryside!"—BTO News

"Excellent and comprehensive. . . . I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in North American birds, raptors, or endangered species. Buy it; it is excellent value for money."—British Birds

Western Birds
For those interested in complex species-conservation problems and the associated negotiations and politics, this is a really valuable story. . . . Most technical aspects of the book's production are also of high quality: heavy glossy paper, attractive layout, superb photos, a generous set of acknowledgements, a bibliography of 382 cited references, and a thorough index. . . . Anyone interested in the California Condor or in the conservation of endangered species in general should study this book.
— Howard L. Cogswell
IBIS
...It is a truly exciting read. ...This is a very important book. It should be read not only by birds of prey enthusiasts, but by anyone with an interest in conservation and endangered species management.
Birds
This brave book details damaging mistakes as well as successes and describes the whole remarkable programme together with the history of condors and their sad decline.
Audubon Naturalist News
The authors' vivid descriptions and attention to detail in discussing breeding, nesting, foraging, and behavioral practices of the condor heighten interest and imparts a great deal of knowledge.
Birding
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in conservation biology.
California Wild
Authors Noel and Helen Snyder weave history, biology, and politics into a magnificent saga that chronicles the conservation program, from pinpointing the causes for the bird's population decline to choosing a course of action to save this endangered species.
BBC Wildlife
This book is, as the title claims, a saga. ...it is a compelling tale: a morality play about mankind's capacity for doing harm, then good, to a fellow creature.
D. Flaspohler
...the authors tell a compelling and illustrative story of the perils of species endangerment and the obstacles to be overcome before the species could be rereleased into the wild. ...Though it is accessible to undergraduates, it also presents a wealth of advanced concepts and information that would be useful to any natural resource professional dealing with rare species. This is the definitive summary of the biology and conservation issues related to the California condor, and will likely remain so for many years. —Choice
BTO News
...written in a very readable style...a huge amount of information...this is a recommended book for anyone interested in species conservation, raptors or undertaking fieldwork in remote and extremely difficult countryside! —September/October 2000)
British Birds
...excellent and comprehensive... I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in North American birds, raptors, or endangered species. Buy it; it is excellent value for money.
Bird Watcher's Digest
Everyone interested in the preservation of rare and endangered species simply has to read this book. No matter how much you think you know about conservation or about California condors, you will come away from this book with a more sophisticated perspective, and you will understand the process and the politics at a level most people never achieve. ...I don't hesitate to recommend this as one of the most important books on conservation to appear in many years.
Stephen Mills
The California Condor is devoid of rhetorical flourish, leaving the facts to speak for themselves.
Time literary Supplement
Library Journal
Here is one of the most thorough, well-illustrated, and accessible books on an endangered species ever written. Considering its length and the presence of 122 color photographs and other abundant graphics, it is remarkably inexpensive. The Snyders, both field biologists, have written five other titles on raptors and parrots. They have been honored for their work, as they might be again for this fine monograph. The California condor story is extraordinary. These huge birds, sometimes regarded as Pleistocene relicts, would be extinct were it not for the massive efforts of wildlife biologists, veterinarians, and an army of volunteers. The Snyders tell of this rescue effort with authority, verve, and occasional humor, accounting the controversies, failures, triumphs, and politics as well as the major personalities involved. Related species and some other California wildlife are also described. While there are a dozen other good condor titles, the Snyders' book is the one to have. Highly recommended for all natural history collections.--Henry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The Snyders have been immersed in field conservation studies of birds for over three decades, writing books and articles and delivering reports and papers. Based in southern Arizona since the late 1980s, they here offer a comprehensive reference on the largest flying North American bird, and one of the most endangered. They trace the history of study and conservation efforts, detail the biology and the recent decline of the species, and sketch a hopeful plan for ultimate restoration as a viable member of a wild ecosystem. Color photographs support the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126540055
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2000
  • Series: AP Natural World Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,462,014
  • 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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)