The WFVZ 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 bird conservation.
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ) is HUGE! The collection is 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.
No, those aren’t old at all.
Eggs? They’ve got eggs.
Ed N. Harrison was a passionate natural historian. He was an active wildlife photographer, and an avid collector of bird skins, eggs, nests, and natural history books. In 1956, Ed established the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ).
Tres Snow Geese
Back in the Day
Solo Snow Goose
Pretty in Pink
You looking at me?
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.