About The WFVZ

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.

Tinamou Eggs
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.

Our Goals

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
Stephen Rothstein, PhD., Vice President
Kamelia Algiers, Secretary
William G. Langford, Treasurer
Ed Tarvyd, Director

Science and Administration:
Linnea S. Hall, Ph.D., Executive Director - CVcontact
René Corado, Collections Manager - contact
Jennifer Brown-Watson, Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Adam Searcy, Curatorial Assistant
Eddie A. Corado, Preparation Assistant

Note:  ¡Nuestros empleados son bilingues! 

Scientific Panel:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein, Chair
Dr. Steve Beissinger 
Harry Carter
Dr. Fritz Hertel 
Walt Sakai 
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Ryan Cox
Rebecca Gridley
Megan Hines 
Lloyd Lustina
Duane Nash
 Bryan Roth
 Elizabeth Sayre
 Lindsey Sones
 Megan Tyner
 C. J. Walsh

Volunteers and Interns:       
Bill Anderson
Connie Bastow
James Carey 
René Corado Jr.
Peggy Ellis      
Jean Hulberg
Bill Hulberg
Dexter Kelly
Heather Medvitz
Monica Pereira 
Linda Reynolds
Margaret E.Stevens
Museum Associates:
Dana Gardner, Artist
N. John Schmitt, Preparator/Artist

Mamoru Suzuki, Artist (Japan)

Research Associates:
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:
Telephone: 805.388.9944

Address:  439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA 93012

Hands on experience at WFVZ Open House.