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Egg Collectors

  EGG COLLECTORS 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…

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Effects of DDT on Bird Eggs

  Eggs in private and museum collections around the world have figured prominently in studies of eggshell thinning due to contaminants such as DDT, heavy metals, and PCBs in predatory bird species such as Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), Bald Eagles (Halieetus leucocephalus), and Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus), and were critical to these species’ recovery.  In…

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Why Are Birds Important?

 Why Are Birds Important? 1.  Birds have great economic and ecological value to society by providing vital Ecosystem Services.Large birds destroy numerous rodent pests that consume human food and spread deseases.Smaller birds consume enormous quantities of insects that attack forest trees, services valued at up to $5000/year/square mile of forest. Smaller birds also consume enormous quantities…

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Drivers of Bird Declines

( THE GREATEST THREAT TO WILD BIRD IS HABITAT LOSS Habitat loss ranks number one among the human-associated threats to wild birds. In Ventura County alone we have lost 85% of our grasslands, 90% of wetlands, and 95% of riparian habitat.  Habitat loss is attributed to urbanization and other development, intensive agriculture, and roads.  Habitats…

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Check our Databases online!

  To search our computerized data electronically, please click here (WFVZ Collections Online) with scans of more than 200,000 original data slips and 85,000 photographs of egg sets, supported by the National Science Foundation! Also, the WFVZ is collaborating with other museums in the U.S. so that our data are available via the Internet. Visit the…

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What is the California Condor Recovery Program?

The California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program) is a multi-entity effort, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to recover the endangered California condor. Partners in condor recovery include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Utah Department of…

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Where is the nest located and how was the camera installed?

This California condor nest is located in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, Los Padres National Forest, near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and Santa Barbara Zoo staff hiked awkward and heavy camera equipment on foot along deep canyons and steep ridgelines for installation into the cliffside nest…

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Live-streaming Condor Nest Cams

(credit: Joseph Brandt/USFWS)    Thursday, May 31, 2018 NOW LIVE: Watch endangered California condor chick in the wild live during record-breaking nesting season on ‘Condor Cam’ FILLMORE, California – People across the world can get up-close-and-personal with an endangered California condor chick in real-time through livestreaming video of a wild nest located near the U.S. Fish and…

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From the Executive Director

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 Heidy. Aqui pueden…

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Research Project Updates

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 (see our previous newsletter for further details). Surveys…

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