Conservation Seminar Series

Our Conservation Seminar Series features monthly presentations on topics of bird research and conservation, perceptions about the environment, and the fascinating people who are working on these topics. In 2020 and 2021 we will also include conversations about important environmental issues in southern California and beyond.

During this pandemic, we will be delivering the talks virtually via Zoom webinars. Pre-Registration is required, and capacity is limited. Tickets can be purchased on our Eventbrite page

Early Notice of all upcoming webinars – as well as other events, classes, and seminars – are emailed to each Member. Please consider becoming a Member to support us! Thank you!


 Upcoming Webinars:

Please check back in August 2021 while we are preparing the event!

Past webinars:


The Evolution of Nest Design in the Family of Old World Weaver,
given by Jackie Childers (29 January 2021)

Jackie spoke on recent analysis of data collected at museums around the world, including at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, to assess the evolutionary history and phylogenetic patterns of nest design. 

The Journey of René Corado (30 October 2020)

René Corado, the Collections Manager of WFVZ, shared his amazing and inspiring life's journey from shoeshine boy, to biologist, to recipient of the Ambassador of Peace award for the country of Guatemala.


Culture Vultures, given by WFVZ Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod 
(25 September 2020)

WFVZ Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod presented on the subject of Vultures--particularly on Turkey Vultures—as portrayed through western art and literature. Drawing both from environmental humanities and from the ecology and life histories of these often reviled scavengers, Paul explored how Vultures have been perceived and conceived through historical and contemporary natural history literature, poetry, personal essays, and six centuries of avian illustration.