About The WFVZ

WFVZ: About us

The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation.  It 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 researching and teaching about bird conservation. The Foundation's collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is:


To obtain, protect, and manage our 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 accessibility of the collections and their data is invaluable to researchers and educators, as well as 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. Check our databses online here WFVZ Collections.

The WFVZ has contributed information to thousands of research projects since our inception in 1956. The Foundation’s materials play key roles in understanding diverse topics such as avian systematics and evolution; the effects of environmental contamination; and changes in bird numbers, distributions, and habitat use.

The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 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 that 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!  

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The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology