Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Moore Lab's Vintage Bird and Mammal Collection

Join us for an inside look into a unique natural history collection located on Bird Road.


Mar11
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2022-03-11 15:00:00 2022-03-11 16:00:00 Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Moore Lab's Vintage Bird and Mammal Collection

Moore Laboratory of Zoology is a museum of 65,000 vintage bird and mammal specimens. Our mission is to understand the origins of Earth’s biodiversity and how species respond to environmental change. With our team of students, we carry out research uniting museum collections and modern DNA research.

Founded by Robert T. Moore, the collection was originally stored in his home in Pasadena before it became the Moore Laboratory of Zoology at Occidental College in 1951. Moore collaborated with a fellow Angeleno Chester C. Lamb, a former curator of mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, to traverse Mexico from 1933-55 to collect birds. With a team of researchers in Mexico, they collected 40,000 birds from 300 locations across the country. These specimens represent a snapshot in time of Mexico’s bird diversity prior to major habitat and landscape change.

The vast majority of our specimens include whole bird study skins with 50,000 of these from Mexico, making the Moore Lab collection the largest Mexican bird collection in the world.

Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite. Tours are free, donations are welcome.* Visitors must wear masks while indoors. 

*A tax-deductible donation helps fund student research and travel to professional conferences to present their work. Learn more about giving opportunities here

 

Parking & Directions

Moore Lab is located on Bird Road (click here for a campus map). For weekday tours, street parking is available all along Campus Road. Moore Lab is near the Armadale Avenue and Campus Road intersection. Head north on American Way, turn right on Weller Road then left on Bird Road. We are located on the other side of the Bioscience building. For weekend tours, visitors may park in any campus parking lot.

America/Los_Angeles public
Event Date: Friday, March 11, 2022

Moore Laboratory of Zoology is a museum of 65,000 vintage bird and mammal specimens. Our mission is to understand the origins of Earth’s biodiversity and how species respond to environmental change. With our team of students, we carry out research uniting museum collections and modern DNA research.

Founded by Robert T. Moore, the collection was originally stored in his home in Pasadena before it became the Moore Laboratory of Zoology at Occidental College in 1951. Moore collaborated with a fellow Angeleno Chester C. Lamb, a former curator of mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, to traverse Mexico from 1933-55 to collect birds. With a team of researchers in Mexico, they collected 40,000 birds from 300 locations across the country. These specimens represent a snapshot in time of Mexico’s bird diversity prior to major habitat and landscape change.

The vast majority of our specimens include whole bird study skins with 50,000 of these from Mexico, making the Moore Lab collection the largest Mexican bird collection in the world.

Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite. Tours are free, donations are welcome.* Visitors must wear masks while indoors. 

*A tax-deductible donation helps fund student research and travel to professional conferences to present their work. Learn more about giving opportunities here

 

Parking & Directions

Moore Lab is located on Bird Road (click here for a campus map). For weekday tours, street parking is available all along Campus Road. Moore Lab is near the Armadale Avenue and Campus Road intersection. Head north on American Way, turn right on Weller Road then left on Bird Road. We are located on the other side of the Bioscience building. For weekend tours, visitors may park in any campus parking lot.

Sponsored by: Moore Lab of Zoology
John McCormack giving a student group tour of the Moore Lab