Current & Upcoming WFVZ Events

12th ANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSE!! - OCTOBER 25TH! from 10:00 to 4:00pm - FREE for members, $3.00 per person or $5.00 per family. 

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Public Tour: Friday, October 31st, from 3-4 p.m.  Call in advance   -- group size limited to 20 people (805-388-9944).  $5 per adult; FREE for kids ages 5 and under and WFVZ Members!


Spring Open House:      WAS May 3rd 2014!  Check out our Facebook Page!

 11th Annual Fall Open House was a great success! Check out the photos on Facebook!!


See René Corado's visit to University of the Valley, Guatemala

Check our 9th Annual Open House! Video   

Now on Facebook!   See video of the WFVZ's collections, and pictures of our trip to Costa Rica and where we work in Guatemala! 

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Check the museum video on youtube!


National Science Foundation Grant Recipient



New and now available, 'Birds' Nests of the World', by Mamoru Suzuki.  Edited by René Corado and Linnea Hall.

Review by Ian Paulsen

Also, this is our book on the eggs and nests of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, by WFVZ Executive Director Dr. Linnea Hall and Collections Manager René Corado, with photos by Rosamond Purcell Egg and Nest See our Gift Store page for information on both books! 


Read reviews of the book:  10,000 Birds, Audubon, The New York Times, American Scientist

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Welcome to The WFVZ, "The Bird Museum"

View from upper level
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation, is both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation's collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is to contribute to the conservation of the world’s wild bird species through the accessibility of the collections and their data to researchers, educators, students, and the public.  The WFVZ also contributes to bird conservation through bird education programs for scientific professionals and the public, and field- and collections-based bird conservation research projects and publications.


The Museum's hours of operation for researchers are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The WFVZ is not open to the public except by prior appointment.  Researchers must contact us and give us at least 48 hours notice if they want access to the collections.   (View a list of services offered to researchers.) To search our computerized data electronically, please visit the ORNIS at portal

Scheduled Public Tours

Staff of the WFVZ conduct public tours of the large collection of bird eggs, nests, and mounted specimens on the last Friday of every month at 3 p.m. (except November, and December).   Please call at least one day in advance to register (each tour is for a maximum of 20 people).  Our fee for tours is $5 per person (WFVZ members free).   











Group Tours by Appointment

Special Group Tours (see our flyer) can be arranged for 10+ people for school classes, community groups, and other organizations. Please call to arrange a tour at least 3 months in advance.  Our fee for tours is $5 per person. Please visit our Education Program page and contact the Foundation for more information.

The Preparation and Curation of Birds' Eggs

at The Field Museum in Chicago!




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