Volunteers are an important part of the Western Foundation. Their efforts help us grow and serve researchers and others in the community. They also have the opportunity to experience museum tasks and projects that many people never have the opportunity to, such as those listed below:  

  •     Preparing bird study skins
  •     Checking the bird collections for pests
  •     Computerizing study skin, egg, and teaching collection data
  •     Reorganizing the broken egg collection
  •     Cataloging and shelving library books
  •     Computerizing the library book collection       
  •     Entering and shelving library journals
  •     Photocopying requested journal articles
  •     Assisting at outreach events such as open houses
  •     Reorganizing and computerizing the fieldnotes collection
  •     Entering reprint articles into the database
  •     Reorganizing the library collections
  •     Reorganizing the map collection
  •     Online database checking

Our Volunteers lend more than 1000 hours each year, and allow the WFVZ to move forward on all kinds of collection projects.

During the pandemic when our museum is temporarily closed to the public, we are accepting volunteer to help out with online database checking. If you are interested in donating your time to do online database checking, please email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


conny dexter
Helping with the Open House                                         Entering skin data to our database

Shea  jared
Preparing study skins                                                          Helping with the exhibits