Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology slideshow if egg, bird and location images


As a non-profit organization, we survive due to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations that are committed to seeing the collections of the Western Foundation last in perpetuity and remain available to researchers, educators, students, scientific artists, and the general public.

If you would like to donate to the WFVZ, please contact us!  We have opportunities for Membership, Planned Giving, and other creative ways to contribute!  


Our Current Wish List

The following items represent our most pressing program needs at this time. If you are interested in supporting the Western Foundation, please consider making a donation to address one of these items:

  1.  Exhibit funding:  We are adding more exhibit materials to the WFVZ all the time, and we want them to be around for a long time for the Public to enjoy.  Now that we are open to the public every week day, we are really in need of outside funding to assist with the creation of better displays on subjects such as the ecology of birds in our region, the impacts of environmental contaminants, and the history of ornithology.  Any donations toward these exhibits would be very helpful!

    2.  The Ed N. Harrison Scholarship: The WFVZ gives one $300 scholarship annually to graduate students conducting research that will lead directly to the deepening of understanding and conservation of breeding bird species in Latin America.  If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please note that 100% of your donation will go toward the scholarship fund.  No money will be spent on Western Foundation operating expenses or other projects.  In addition, since the Western Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, any donations made to the Ed N. Harrison Scholarship are tax-deductible.

  3.  Our Native Plant Garden:  we need people who love to garden, and who know how to work with native plants or want to learn!  We want to use the garden as a showpiece for the City of Camarillo, and the County of Ventura, as to how a native garden uses less water and provides more wildlife habitat AND human interest than a regular commercial-zone garden!  Can you help us?  Please contact us at the number below!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!  Contact us at 805-388-9944 for more information!

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