The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology houses collections of eggs, nests and study skins from different collectors,
totaling just over four hundred individual collections. Many collectors were museum curators or owners, taxidermists, and
experienced biologists whilst some were simply outdoorsman and hobbyists.
We are recording countries, states etc. where they lived and collected and years of collecting. Also, we recorded collections from other collectors they owned. We will be adding data as we go and other people are welcome to add data in our Wikipedia page. We are adding an “egg data card” in order to be able to show their writing data. Egg collectors marked the eggs with a “set mark”, reading the cards you will see how different collectors used different set marks.
Collectors are listed alphabetically by their last name.
ALLEN, Charles (California) collected from 1878 – 1939. Australia, California.
ALLEN, F.G.H. (Los Barros, Cadiz, Spain). 1983. Malaysia and East Africa.
ANDRESEN, Clarence “Andy” (San Rafael, California). 1972. Western USA.
ANDERSON, Daniel W. (Davis, California)
Eggs & eggshell fragments. North America, Mexico, and Peru. This material includes whole addled eggs and fragments from hatched or crushed eggs which Anderson collected during his many years of study of DDE-induced eggshell thinning. Most of them seabirds. WFVZ houses over 1300 sets of his pesticide egg collection, collected mainly in Baja California and several localties in the US from 1968 to 1983. Egg Data Card | External link
BADGER, Martin C. (Santa Paula, California). 1892-1971.
A California-born life-long avocational birder in southern California who moved with his family to Santa Paula in 1902. Martin was born in 1892 and lived until he was 79, passing on December 1st, 1971. 1974. He collected in California, Utah, and general North America. Includes collection of Elmer Paquette (California). Egg Data Card
BAILEY, Harold H. (Rockbridge Alum Springs, Virginia).
1910-1939. Includes major portions of collections of H.B. Bailey (Virginia, Florida), Frank Irving (Georgia), Gilbert Rossignol (Georgia), and Gurnie Wells (California). Collected in Alaska, Virginia, Florida, Bahamas. Egg Data Card
BAILEY, Vernon (Minnesota, Arizona, South Dakota) collected from 1883-1889.
BANCROFT, Griffing A. Sr. (part) California and Mexico) collected from 1922-1925.
BAUMGARDT, John H. (Glendora, California). 1922-2002.
Baumgardt was born in 1922 in Los Angeles County, California. His collection of specimens, dating from 1934 to 1953, can be found at the WFVZ. As a California native, he spent very little time collecting outside of the state, with the exception of his occasional ventures to Arizona. Although Baumgardt was an avid outdoorsman, Baumgardt’s egg collection doesn’t have much associated data. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 79 in Glendora, California. In addition to collecting, Baumgardt served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was employed in the dental laboratory field for 30 years (islapedia).
BOOTH, Ernest J. (part) Collected in Washington, Idaho, Canada, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Massachucetts, Oregon, Virginia, Connecticut, illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Utah. Also collected in Greenland, Scotland, England, Iceland, Alaska, Mexico. Collected from 1893-1934.
BRALY, J.C. (Oregon) John Claude Braly was born in McMinnville, Oregon in 1875 and passed away in 1944. WFVZ houses specimens of Braly collected from 1895-1994. Add data – need collection dates from Access and places of collection.
BRANDT, John (Durango, Colorado)
1969. Micronesia, Thailand, and incidental North American material. Egg Data Card
BREM Jr., George (Gilroy, California).
1968. California and general North America, especially Alaska. Includes collections of Will Unglish (California, Alaska) and H.R. Eschenburg (California). Egg Data Card
BRUHN, Sigurd (Gentofte, Denmark). Collected from 1912-1971. 1971-73??? Collected in Scandinavia, Denmark, Greenland, Zealand Islands?, England, Lapland.
BROWER, Charles, Robert, and Thomas (part) (Alaska) collected from 1917-1943. Egg Data Card
BRYANT, Walter E. (California). 1861-1905.
Walter was born in 1861 and in 1889 he was a founder and first president of the California Ornithological Club. The WFVZ houses collections of Walter dating from 1876 – 1901. Walter mainly collected in California, Baja California, Alaska, Nevada and Mexico. He also collected plants and insects. He lived until 1905 when he became ill during a trip to San Blas, Mexico. He was 44 years old. Egg Data Card | External Link
BULL, Dan Bernard (part) (La Mesa, California). 1984. California, Alaska and general worldwide. Includes collections of William Stribling (Alaska) and Denver Campbell (Colorado). Egg Data Card
BURNHAM, John (California and Minnesota). Collected from 1920-1925. also collected in Mexico. Egg Data Card
BURNS, Maurice (Escondido, California). 2000. Southern California.
CALDER, James A. (Porterville, California). 1895-1979. Mostly birds of prey collected in California in the early 1930’s.
CARPENTER, Nelson K. (Escondido, California). 1898-1956.
Nelson was born in 1885 in Missouri. By 1898 the Carpenter family had moved from Missouri to Escondido, California. Nelson collected specimens from 1966-1970. California, Utah, Alaska, and very extensive representation from all other parts of North America. Includes the collections of B.P. Carpenter (California) and A.O. and Edward Treganza (Utah and California). Following Mr. Carpenter’s death, the collection was transferred by his widow to W. Plass Owen, then to D. Bernard Bull, and then to Raymond J. Quigley, who transferred it to the WFVZ. He passed away in 1956 at the age of 71 and is buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido, San Diego, CA. Egg Data Card
CARRIGER, Harry W. (Oakland, California). 1967. California and general North America. Egg Data Card
CHERRIE, George K. (Venezuela). Egg Data Card
COHEN, Donald (part) (California) California. collected from 1886-1933. Egg Data Card
COLE, John E. (California, South Africa) Collected from 1921-1935. Collected in Ohio, California, Nevada, Iowa, Mexico, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Canada. Egg Data Card
COLLIAS, Nicholas and Elsie (University of California, Los Angeles). 1985. Nests. Central and East Africa. Egg Data Card
COLTART, Neville B. (Isle of Wight, England). Neville B. Coltart collected specimens from the years of 1881 to 1957. He collected in India, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, Wales, Greenland, and Kazakhstan.
CONGREVE, William R. (Salisbury, England) 1968. British Isles, Scandinavia, North Africa, Mediterranean, and additional areas of Europe. Egg Data Card
CONTINO, Angel (Jujuy, Argentina). WFVZ’s database holds his collections from 1970 to 1989. Egg Data Card
CROOK, Compton (Stevenson, Maryland). 1986. Tennessee and Wyoming. Egg Data Card
CROSSIN, Richard S. (Tucson, Arizona). 1933-2003.
Richard S. Crossin was a collector and ornithologist. He was born in 1933 and started collecting specimens in 1959, continuing to collect until around 1973. WFVZ houses his field notes and about 195 egg and nest sets collected by or for Crossin from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Mexico, Florida and Arizona. Crossin additionally owned a private museum in Tucson, Arizona. His personal foundation was called the Neotropical Ornithological Foundation, which held 2,266 egg sets from additional states in North America and additional countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Central and Southern Pacific Ocean, Australia, and Europe. He passed away in 2003. Egg Data Card
CRUTTENDEN, John R. (Quincy, Illinois).
John R. Cruttenden was an American ornithologist. The WFVZ houses egg sets and nests collected by Cruttenden throughout the Midwestern United States, Alaska, and Canada dating from 1890 to 1953. Cruttenden’s collection includes all or a major portion of the collections of Edward Arnold (Michigan and Canada), Robert Charles, Thomas Browers (Alaska), John Lewis Childs (general North America), F.A. Dean (Ohio), and George C. Withey (North Dakota). Cruttenden passed away on September 7, 1956 in Quincy, Illinois. Egg Data Card
CURRIER, Edmunde (Oregon and Missouri). WFVZ houses specimens of Currier collected from 1886-1938. Egg Data Card
DE NAUROIS, FR. Rene (part) (Paris, France). 1978. Portuguese Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde Islands and New Caledonia. Egg Data Card
DEGROOT, Dudley S. (San Diego, California). 1899-1970
Degroot was born in 1899 in Chicago, Illinois and was known to be a great athlete and an exceptional coach for San Jose College and the Washington Redskins. In 1916, he became part of the Cooper Ornithological Club. Degroot went on many collecting trips throughout North America and western Europe and personally collected significant material in California, Nevada, Alaska, Wyoming, New York, Florida, and Virginia. Degroot’s collection includes collection of Chase Littlejohn (California and Alaska). Egg Data Card | External Link
DEGROOT, Edward B. (Travis Air Force Base, California).
1968. California and Hawaii. Egg Data Card
DICKEY, Samuel S. (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania). 1893-1979.
1977. Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Canada, and general North America. Egg Data Card
DIXON, James R. (Escondido, California). 1978. California and general North America; raptors only. Egg Data Card
DOERTENBACH, William (Pueblo, Colorado). 1985. Ohio and Colorado. Egg Data Card
EDWARDS, H. Arden. California. WFVZ houses specimens collected from 1889-1923. Egg Data Card
FAWCUS, Louis “Rex” (formerly a resident of India). 1975. Collected in India. Collected from 1916-1918. Collected only in India.
FIALA, Walter and Elsie. Lived in Potrero Grande, Puntarenas Prov., Costa Rica. Collected specimens from 1971-1973 for WFVZ, mainly within Costa Rica.
FOGDEN, Michael P. (Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda).
Collected from 1970-1972. Uganda. Includes some material collected earlier by Dr. Fogden in the Ruwenzori Mountains.
FORRER, Alphonse (western Mexico) Mexico, Oregon. collected from 1876-1882. Egg Data Card
GARDNER, Alfred L. (Washington, D.C.).1967. Chiapas, Mexico, Costa Rica (1967), and incidental specimens from South America. Alfred L. Gardner is research wildlife biologist of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, stationed at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where he is curator of North American mammals. (Mammals of South America, Volume 1: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats | NHBS Academic & Professional Books) Wiki link
GALLUP, Sr, Fred N. (La Mesa, California). 1978. California.
Collection area: California, general North America, and Pacific Islands. Collected from 1904-1915.
GINN, Peter (Marondera, Zimbabwe). 1982. Southern Africa.
GOELITZ, Walter A. (1897-1961)
Places of collection: Illinois, Arkansas, New York, Kentucky and Canada. The WFVZ houses egg and nest specimens collected by Goelitz dating from around 1911 to 1931. Egg Data Card
GOODALL, J.D. (Santiago, Chile). 1959 to 1974. Egg Data Card
GRIFFE, Willet E. (Lake Oswego, Oregon). 1879-1945.
1920-1966. Western North America, including Alaska. Midway Islands, Michigan, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Wisconsin, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Texas, Canada, Mexico.
Egg Data Card
HARRISON, Ed N. (Los Angeles, California). 1914-2002.
Ed N. Harrison was born in Cody, Wyoming on September 29th, 1914. Harrison collected the bulk of eggs, nests and study skins from 1956, when he founded the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, to 2000 throughout mainly California and Mexico, but also worldwide. Harrison’s collections include sets collected by Harold Gray (California), J.C.L. Lawson (New South Wales), Edward Simmons (California), John G. Tyler (California and general North America), and T.W. Harvey III (California). In addition, his collections include part of the following collectors’ specimens: Griffing Bancroft, Sr. (California, Mexico, and general North America), Rollo Becks (California), Sir Charles Belcher (East Africa), Charles, Robert, and Thomas Brower (Alaska), Denver Museum of Natural History (Rocky Mountains and Alaska), Laurence Huey (California and Baja California), John R. Pemberton (California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, general North America, and Patagonia), and George Willett (California, Alaska, Oregon, and Montana). The WFVZ has Ed to thank for the development of this important institution. Egg Data Card | External Link
HOAG, Benjamin (New York) collected from 1886-1923. New York, Massachusetts. Egg Data Card
HOBSON, William (Dublin, Ireland). 1969 to 1977. Worldwide, but especially strong in the Palearctic. Egg Data Card
HOLBROOK, W.B. (formerly a resident of New Hampshire). 1977. New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Egg Data Card
HOWSLEY, L.R. and L.B. (Anaheim, California). 1969. California, Alaska, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and incidental material from elsewhere in North America. Egg Data Card
HOY, Nelson D. (Media, Pennsylvania). 1980. General North America and miscellaneous foreign. Includes the collections of John Cairns (North Carolina), Chauncey W. Crandall (North America), James Gillin (Pennsylvania), Thomas Gillin (Pennsylvania), Richard D. Harlow (Pennsylvania and Canada, Samuel B. Ladd (Pennsylvania and North Carolina), J. Parker Norris, Jr. (part) (Pennsylvania), J. Parker Norris, Sr. (part) (Pennsylvania) and R. Bruce Overington (Maryland). Egg Data Card
HUBER, Lawrence (Tucson, Arizona).1967. Seabirds of various Pacific islands. Lawrence passed away on the 1971.
INGERSOLL, A.M. (California, Florida, and New York) The WFVZ holds his collections from 1878-1930. Egg Data Card
JACOBS, J. Warren (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania). 1977. Pennsylvania and general North America. This collection contained the most important examples of abnormal eggs in the world. Egg Data Card
JENSEN, Glenn. (Whittier, California).
1969. California. Egg Card Data
JOHNSON Sr., A.W. 1967-1968. Europe, Iceland, and California. Includes only the falconiforms, corvids, and shorebirds from the 19th Century collection. Equal-sized portions of the collection were sold by A.W. Johnson, Jr. to Rev. E. Ch. Lukas in Alberta and Dr. Heinz Lehmann in West Germany. Egg Data Card
JOHNSON, H.C. (part) (Utah). The WFVZ houses part of H.C. Johnson’s collections dating from 1883 to 1933. Johnson collected in Utah, California, Connecticut, Idaho. Egg Data Card
JOHNSON, H.V. (California), C.A. Potter (California) – 1897-1934. Collected in Texas. Egg Data Card
KEBBE, Chester E. (Portland, Oregon). 1993. Oregon.
KELLY, Virgil L. (Fayetteville, North Carolina). 1986. North Carolina. Egg Data Card
KIFF, Lloyd F. (Encino, California). He was born and raised in Virginia 1968-1987. California, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, and general North America. “Kiff served as Team Leader of the California Condor Recovery Team from 1986-1993. Director of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in L.A. (and later in Camarillo) from 1968 to 1994.” Egg Data Card | External Link
KUBAT, Urban G. (Milwaukie, Oregon). 1974 & 1978. Oregon and general North America. Egg Data Card
LAW, J. Eugene (Altadena, California).
1968-1969. California, Arizona, Scotland, and extensive representative material from other parts of North America. Includes small collections from A.J. van Rossem (part; Arizona) and A. Davidson (Scotland). Egg Data Card
MARIN, Manuel A. (Santiago, Chile). 1980 to 2000. Collected for WFVZ in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Sabah, and California. Egg Data Card
MARSHALL Jr., Joe Truesdell.(Fairfax, Virginia). 1918-2015
Marshall was a former professor of zoology and curator of birds at the University of Arizona. He also was a member of the American Ornithologists Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society for a significant portion of his life. The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology houses part of Marshall’s collections dating from 1956 to 1969. Marshall collected in Arizona, Thailand, Mexico, and Micronesia. Egg Data Card | External Link
MASON, Paul (Santa Barbara, California). 1985. Nests. Argentina.
MCCLURE, H. Elliott (Camarillo, California). 1999.
MEITZEN, Logan H. (Navasota, Texas). 1977. Texas. Egg Data Card
MEITZEN, Travis C. (Refugio, Texas). 1976. Texas, eastern Mexico, and general North America. Egg Data Card
MILLER, Loye (Baja California) Add data. Lived from 1874-1970 (islapedia).
MORCOM, G. Frean (part) (California and general North America). WFVZ has specimens that Morcom collected dated from 1884-1907. He collected in California and few times in Indiana. Egg Data Card
NICHOLSON, Wray H. (Wintergarden, Florida). 1979. Florida and Texas. Egg Data Card
NYC, Fred F., Jr. (Brownsville and New Braunfels, Texas). 1972 & 1984. Texas, northeastern Mexico, and general North America. Egg Data Card
PARKER, W.H. (Utah, Kansas, Colorado, California). W.H. Parker collected from 1890-1901. In 1900 he published a paper called “Nest and Eggs of Clarke’s Nutcracker”. Parker lived his life in many places such as Utah, Kansas, Colorado and California. Egg Data Card
PENNINGTON, Leigh H. (formerly of Syracuse, New York). 1988. North America and Europe. Egg Data Card
PEYTON, Sidney B. (Fillmore, California). 1975. California, Alaska, Utah, and general North America, including several virtually unique sets from Alaska. Includes collections of C.W. Ashworth and R.E. Thompson (California), Homer C. Burt (California), I.D. Nokes (California and Arizona), Laurence G. Peyton (California and Baja California), and Leonard J. Peyton (Utah, Texas, and Alaska). Egg Data Card
QUIGLEY, Raymond J. (Whittier, California). 1918-2009.Collected from 1967 to 1987. Includes all or major portions of the collections of J.S. Appleton (California), Clyde L. and Paul H. Field (California and Arizona), David Haskell (California), and Ronald Quigley (California). Egg Data Card
RAY, Milton (part) (California) Milton ray was born in 1881 and passed away in 1946. He served as curator and director of the Pacific Museum of Ornithology in 1904 and explored over 35 countries obtaining specimens for the museum. WFVZ houses Milton’s collections dating from 1896-1931. He collected in California, Oregon and Nevada. Egg Data Card
READY, George H. (California) 1872-1901. Collected in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Florida, Nevada, Canada, Wisconsin. Egg Data Card
REIS, Cletus O. 1966. California and general North America.
ROBERTSON, John McB. 1849-1934. (California). The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology houses specimens dated from 1925-1941. Robertson collected in Mexico, California. Egg Data Card
ROWLEY, J. Stuart (San Mateo, California)
1959-1968. Mexico (Morelos, Oaxaca, Baja California) and California. Mr. Rowley’s California and Baja California specimens were collected during the 1930’s, the Morelos specimens in 1959, and the Oaxacan specimens between 1964 to 1968. Egg Data Card
SAMPSON, Walter B. (Stockton, California).
1967. California and worldwide. Egg Data Card
SHEFFLER, William J.
Sheffler was born in Indiana in 1892 and died at the age of 74, in 1967. He collected in California, Arizona, Montana, Manitoba, and Sonora, Mexico, and representative material from elsewhere in North America. Includes collections of W. Lee Chambers (California), Donald R. Dickey, Sr. (California and Iowa; made by M. Canfield, L.M. Huey, W. Mackinnon, and A.J. van Rossem in California, R. Densmore in Ohio, and Dickey in Iowa), Alphonse and Antonin Jay (California), G. Frean Morcom (part) (California, general North America), Wright M. Pierce (California), and A.J. van Rossem (part; El Salvador). Egg Data Card
SNOW, H.A. (California). WFVZ houses collections dated from 1872-1930. Egg Data Card
SNYDER, J.O. (California, general North America, and Pacific Islands). Collected in Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Collected from 1885-1924. Egg Data Card
SPEICH, Steven (Seattle, Washington). 1983-1985. Eggs and eggshell fragment samples (297 samples). Washington. Addled eggs and eggshell fragments obtained as a part of a study on the effects of pesticides on several Washington seabird species.
SPOFFORD, Walter R. (Portal, Arizona). 1979. Eggs (243 sets). Massachusetts, New York. Egg Data Card
STEVENS, Lawrence (Santa Barbara, California). 1903-1967
Lawrence Stevens grew up in Santa Barbara and began collecting eggs at the age of four. He was born in 1903 and died at the age of 64 in Santa Barbara, year of 1967. Stevens collected in California and general North America. Includes collection of A.P. Marshall (California). A larger portion of the Stevens collection (including more of the Marshall collection) was deposited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in 1965. Egg Data Card
SUGDEN, John W., Jr. (Utah). John W. Sugden Jr was born on July 17th 1922 and passed away in February of 2003. He spent most of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah with the exception of his years spent in the military and seven years spent at the Illinois Institute of Technology obtaining his undergraduate and master’s degree. Although urban planning was the career he chose to follow, Sugden spent some years of his life accompanying his father on trips to collect. Egg Data Card | External Link
THOMAS, Gerald (Los Angeles, California).
1969. California and Sonora, Mexico. Egg Data Card
THOMPSON, Charles S. (Pasadena, California). 1881-1960.
Thompson collected specimens in California, Florida, Oregon, Utah and Massachusetts and countries such as Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Portugal, England, Australia, Spain, Israel, Russia, and the Falkland Islands. Although the WFVZ now houses many of Thompson’s specimens collected from the years 1899 to 1914, his collection was once part of the Southwest Museum where he was, by 1916, curator of economic and field ornithology. Thompson’s collection contains many sets collected by George D. Peck (Oregon), part of H.A. Snows’ collection (California), and Henry R. Taylor (California). The foreign sets of eggs found at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology that were collected by Thompson appear to have been obtained from turn-of-the-century European dealers. In addition to his years of collecting, Thompson served as a secretary of the Cooper Ornithological Club and was a member of the American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association. He edited the Weekly Philatelic Gossip in 1941. Egg Data Card | External Link
TRESCOT, E.B. and W.H. (San Mateo, California). 1975. Collected in Texas and California. E.B. collected from 1908-1915. W.H. collected from 1900-1916.
TRUESDALE, Fred (Raised in Shandon, California). 1882-1970.
Truesdale collected in California, collecting additional representative material from other parts of North America and Europe. By 1910, Truesdale had became a serious California egg collector. Egg Data Card | External Link
VAN SOMEREN, V.G.L.
Mainly collected in Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. About 750 eggs and nests (mainly of weaverbird) are in WFVZ collections.
WALKER, Alex (Tillamook, Oregon). 1975. Oregon, Alaska, Manitoba, and general North America. Includes collections of Wesley Batterson (part) (Oregon) and Charles Cutress (Oregon). Egg Data Card
WALKER, George R. (part) (Utah, California). George R Walker was elected into the Minutes of Cooper Club in 1937. He was an avid collector, collecting specimens from 1898-1933. Egg Data Card
WILLIAMS, Andrew A.E. (Nairobi, Kenya). 1970-1979. East Africa, Madagascar, and Costa Rica. Egg Data Card
WILLIAMS, John G. (Cardiff, Wales). 1913-1997.
His collections date from 1954 to 1986 and he collected mostly in East Africa and the eastern United States. The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology houses a lot of Williams’ aviary materials, in addition to 190 of his egg collections. An article from The Independent called “Obituary: J. G. Williams” written by Don Turner, states that Williams also worked at the National Museum of Wales as an ornithologist and taxidermist and also at the Coryndon Museum in Nairobi, Kenya, as a curator of birds from 1944 to 1966.
Egg Data Card | External Link
WOLFE, Lloyd R. (Kerrville, Texas). Wolfe collected worldwide, primarily collecting falconiforms, but also incidental corvids and shorebirds. His collections include specimens from the Brazilian collector, G. Chagas. The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology houses Wolfe’s collections dating from 1914 to 1968. Egg Data Card