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On Monday, October 7th Havasi Wilderness Foundation presented at the Conejo Valley Audubon Society’s monthly meeting

Havasi Wilderness Foundation gave a presentation on the birdlife of Tanzania

On Monday, October 7, Sandor Havasi, our director, and his wife, Marilyn Fordney, assistant director were invited by the Conejo Valley Audubon Society (CVAS) to present one hour of DVDs of Tanzanian birds at their General Meeting. Earlier this year the Havasi’s took a trip to Africa and went on safari shooting still action photos and video. The title of their presentation was “Birds of Tanzania, Africa.”

CVAS meets monthly at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ) which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation located in Camarillo. The CVAS meeting was well attended and everyone enjoyed seeing and learning about the many species of birds and mammals. A species list consisting of 97 birds and names of mammals, reptiles and insects was handed out to the attendees. This gave information about the size of all animals shown in the movie. Special additional information was given about African birds and their relationships with other animals.

A well hidden treasure in Ventura County, WFVZ is a natural history museum specializing in eggs and nests of birds, housing approximately 225,000 sets of eggs (equal to more than one million individual eggs representing at least 4,000 bird species from around the world). The egg collection of the WFVZ is one of the two largest in the world. It is a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the conservation of the world’s wild bird species through the accessibility of the collections and their data to researchers, educators, students, and the public.  The WFVZ also contributes to bird conservation through bird education programs for scientific professionals and the public, as well as field- and collections-based bird conservation research projects and publications.

WFVZ is known for its extensive collection of eggs and nests

WFVZ’s annual Fall Open House is Saturday, October 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist and book author, Mamoru Suzuki from Japan will be attending to sign his book about birds from 2 to 3 p.m. and live birds of prey from the Ojai Raptor Center can be seen from 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will be demonstrations of museum specimen preparation techniques. Admission is free. Mark your calendar and join the fun. WFVZ is located at 439 Calle San Pablo in Camarillo.

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