Florence Merriam Bailey

Florence Merriam Bailey (1863–1948) was a life-long proponent of studying birds alive in the field instead of deceased in a lab or specimen drawer. She favored binoculars (what were then known as opera glasses) over the shotgun, and deplored the killing of birds for fashion and the millinery trade.


From the Executive Director

René Corado (https://heidysandovalruiz.com/?p=2544) Here is a great interview in Spanish with our Collections Manager René Corado about his 30 years working at the WFVZ, our bird conservation project in Guatemala, and the efforts needed to save the Motagua River. The interview was conducted by the Guatemalan journalist Heidy Sandoval, for her blog called Entrevistas de…


Research Project Updates

Cactus Wren (Photograph by Brent Myers). Last breeding season (April-June), the WFVZ teamed up with Cooper Ecological Monitoring, Inc. (CEM) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) to collect distribution, occupancy, and nesting data on Ventura County’s resident Cactus Wrens (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), which represent the western-most extension of the species’ range. Surveys of…