- SOLD OUT - Examining Bird Specimens at the Moore Laboratory of Zoology

Take a hands-on tour of one of the world’s largest bird collections.

Los Angeles, California

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Housed at Occidental College, the Moore Laboratory is home to over 64,000 specimens of birds and mammals. The focus is on tropical birds, mostly from Mexico, including everything from study skins, skeletons, alcohol-preserved specimens, nests, and eggs.

The collection’s curator, John McCormack, will spend the day telling you about the quirky history behind its arrival to Occidental College in the 1950s, its role in modern scientific research, and he will open the cases to show off some their prized collection, including extinct species, amazingly colored tanagers, and the monkey-eating Harpy Eagle. There will even be opportunities to touch some of the birds. Photographs are encouraged.


11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Attendance limit

Hosted by

John McCormack


Moore Laboratory of Zoology, Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, California, 90041-3314, USA

Special instructions

2 tours with 15 people each: 11AM-1PM & 1PM-3PM

Getting to the Moore Lab:

Follow the instructions on this web site to get to visitor parking for Occidental College:

The visitor parking is number 43 on the campus map here:

To get to the Moore Lab building, walk south to building 30 on the map. It is adjacent to the Biology building near a small picnic area called Sycamore Glen.

We will meet right outside the Moore Lab front entrance.