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The Wildlife Museum houses close to 15,000 bird and mammal specimens. The collection emphasizes birds, with 8,300 avian skins, mounts, and skeletal material, and 3,500 egg sets and nests. We also have over 2,800 mammal skins and skeletal material.
The collection is mainly from California's north coast, but includes specimens from 47 U.S. states and 48 countries.
Notable collections housed here include: Stanley W. Harris collection of over 1,100 bird skins from California and Ohio. The collection (in part) of Charles I. Clay of Eureka, California. The Clay collection includes over 200 live mounts, close to 400 skins and over 1,400 egg sets. The egg collection of cousins Lawrence Zerlang and Thomas Fraser totals over 1,500 egg sets. We also house the H. E. Wilder collection of over 350 birds and mammals, and the G. W. Peacock collection of bird mounts.
The Wildlife Museum's bird skins and mammal skins and skeletons are used regularly in labs. Some of the courses that routinely use museum specimens include Ornithology, Mammals Management, Wildlife Conclave, Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Nongame Management.
The Wildlife Museum's collections of bird skins, mounts, skeletons, eggs, nests, and mammal skins and skeletal material are available for use in research projects by faculty, staff, students (with faculty permission), and qualified scientists.
For more information see our collection use policies
There are over 1,000 specimens on display throughout the Wildlife and Fisheries Building. These include over 900 birds of more than 600 taxa and 130 mammal specimens of 65 species. The building is open to the public during the semester Monday through Thursday 7am - 9pm and Friday 7am - 5pm.
Our display of waterbird decoys includes working decoys over 100 years old, recent decorative decoys, and decoys used in seabird breeding colony restoration.