The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research institution. Our mission is to obtain, protect, and manage ornithological collections in a manner that ensures their accessibility to researchers, educators, students, and the public, and to ensure that the materials are used in projects that contribute to the conservation of the world's wild bird species.
The collections of the WFVZ are composed of more than 225,000 sets of bird eggs representing approximately 4,000 species, more than 20,000 nests, more than 56,000 bird study skins, and a library of over 7,000 books and monographs on birds and natural history. The library also houses more than 400 bird and natural history journal serials, and a large collection of the field notes of collectors and scientists.
The materials are housed in a 22,000 square-foot building in Camarillo, California, and the Foundation is open to researchers and members of the public by appointment.
The fundamental goals of the Foundation are to:
- Acquire, integrate, and preserve ornithological collections so that they can contribute to the conservation of the birds of the world.
- Provide data to avian researchers, educators, and scientific artists around the world.
- Educate the public through tours, classes, and material loans.
- Conduct original research on birds.
- Publish findings that reflect the WFVZ’s goals, programs, and activities.
The WFVZ has contributed information to thousands of research projects since our inception. Its resources often play key roles in understanding diverse topics such as avian systematics and evolution; the effects of environmental contamination, such as through eggshell thinning; and changes in bird numbers, distributions, and habitat use.
How are We Funded?
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is a non-profit public charity. Thus, it is not supported by the state or a University. Instead, the WFVZ relies on charitable donations and gifts from individuals and foundations, and grants and contracts for specific research projects. We also have a membership program, through which individuals and families can partner with us. If you like the Foundation's mission, programs, and beautiful facility, we hope you will consider making a donation so we can continue expanding our services! All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information on our programs, or to become a member or Volunteer, please contact us. Thank you for your interest!
Ed N. Harrison, Founder
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology
Ed N. Harrison, Founder
Board of Directors:
Kathy Harrison Killelea, President
William G. Langford, Treasurer
Kamelia Algiers, Secretary
Dr. Stephen Rothstein, Chair of the Scientific Panel
Ed Tarvyd, Director
Science and Administration:
Linnea S. Hall, Ph.D., Executive Director
René Corado, Collections Manager
Jennifer Brown-Watson, Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Adam Searcy, Curatorial Assistant
Eddie A. Corado, Preparation Assistant
Note: ¡Nuestros empleados son bilingues!
Dr. Stephen Rothstein, Chair
Dr. Steve Beissinger
Dr. Fritz Hertel
NSF Data Entry Technicians
C. J. Walsh
René Corado Jr.
Dana Gardner, Artist
N. John Schmitt, Preparator/Artist
Mamoru Suzuki, Artist (Japan)
Bertin W. Anderson, Ph.D., Ornithologist
Peter H. Bloom, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist
Dan Cooper, Avian Ecologist
Harold Greeney, Ph.D., Ornithologist (Ecuador)
Johan Ingels, D.Sc., Ornithologist (Belgium)
Allan Mee, Ph.D., Ornithologist (Ireland)
Joel E. Pagel, Ph.D., Ornithologist
Kristen LaBonte, UCSB
Noel F. R. Snyder, Ph.D., Ornithologist
Nick Todd, Avian Biologist
James W. Wiley, Ph.D., Ornithologist
General Contact Information:
Address: 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA 93012
Hands on experience at WFVZ Open House.