Ornithology and Mammalogy
Birds & Mammals

Welcome to the department of Ornithology and Mammalogy. Our research group studies birds and mammals from California to Namibia and New Guinea. At the heart of our department you will find our sizeable research collection of bird and mammal species from around the world.

Ornithology and Mammalogy Collections


The department's collections contain over 107,000 bird specimens and over 30,000 mammal specimens. Specimens originate from over 120 countries, but the strengths of the department are its extensive holdings of birds and mammals from western North America, as well as important collections from Mexico and Central America, the Galapagos Islands, the Solomon Islands, China, Myanmar, the Philippines, and eastern Africa. The department contains one of the world's largest collections of marine mammals with several thousand specimens of seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, sea otters, and sirenians.

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About the Department

General information and a brief history of the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy

O & M Personnel


Department curators, collection managers, curatorial assistants, graduate students, associates, and volunteers.

General Collections


Learn more about our vast collection of birds, mammals, skeletons, skulls, eggs, nests, mounts, and other scientific specimens.



The Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy is actively involved in expeditions to study bird and mammal fauna. Click on here for information on recent expeditions to: Yunnan China, Namibia, and Burma.

Marine Mammal Stranding


The Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy is a partner in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. For more information or to report a stranded animal, click here.

Contact Info


Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

For general inquiries about the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy please contact:

Department Administrator
mammals (AT) calacademy.org

Page last updated 22 August 2008 (JPD)

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