Spirit Magazine - July 2013 - (Page 20)

From the Editor Dear Reader, If you asked me to nominate a runnerup to the bald eagle—a sort of avian Joe Biden, National Bird No. 2—I’d skip Ben Franklin’s turkey suggestion and name the California condor. Some East Coasters and Heartlanders might object to a California bird representing the other states. Others will note that, as a carrion feeder, the condor feasts on carcasses. I prefer to think of it as a recycler. This strong flyer sticks its neck out over land and sea to clean up others’ messes. But I’d nominate the California condor for another reason: It’s making a spectacular comeback. Just when people thought our largest bird was down for the count, scientists and elected leaders helped it take to the skies again. That’s America at its best. We’re the land of the comeback, where people believe in making a fresh start, recovering from past mistakes, and becoming stronger than ever. And we’re the nation that knows how to rise above tough times and disruptions and begin anew. We’re willing to travel far for opportunities—carrion in the condor’s case, jobs and adventure for us. We’re also the nation that invented national parks and still knows how to create them. On page 60, Bruce Anderson reports that, thanks in large part to the California condor, a wild area about 120 miles south of San Francisco recently became our newest national park. He describes Pinnacles as a beautiful landscape with fascinating geology and (who knew?) an astonishing variety of bees. But the condor is the main attraction, as well it should be. All hail the California condor. —Jay Heinrichs Editorial Director TOUGH GUY PHOTO © JOEL SARTORE/JOELSARTORE.COM Once nearly extinct, California condors arenow flying high. 20 SPIRIT JULY 2013 http://www.JOELSARTORE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - July 2013

Spirit Magazine - July 2013
Contents
Gary’s Greeting
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
Freedom Story
From the Editor
Your Words
Your Pictures
Media Center
Eat Drink Sleep
The Numbers
Business
Made in America
American Idol
Your Adventure In Baltimore
Life Adventure In Baltimore
Promotional Series: Spirit of Branson
Promotional Series: Spirit of Nevada
Promotional Series: Spirit of Health
Calendar
Fun!
Spotlight
Community Outreach
Route Map
Rapid Rewards Partners
Flight Service
The “If” List

Spirit Magazine - July 2013

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