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   Education and Conservation through Preservation

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Pictured above are examples of Museum activity, including bird banding, teaching and biological inventories.

Welcome to the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology homepage!


  • The Putah Creek Nestbox Highway featured in CA&ES Highlights
  • NPR stories highlighting Museum research on Salmon and their role in terrestrial food webs here
  • UCD Arboretum Bird Checklist now available here.
  • Check out the MWFB's online Zazzle giftshop; proceeds benefit the MWFB.









About Us

The MWFB is a vertebrate museum dedicated to education, outreach, conservation, and research. We are in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. For more information about the courses of the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology major visit:

Or search this section for information on our mission, history, staff, and location. You may also download a PDF file of the MWFB information pamphlet. Adobe Reader is required to view this file.


The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology houses one of the most significant, modern collections of birds, mammals, and fish in California.  With over 50,000 specimens and over 5,000 tissues the MWFB is among the top ten collections in California, and the third largest university-managed collection in the state. The specimens housed in the MWFB serve a unique role in California; in addition to traditional uses, they are used for graduate and undergraduate training, species identification workshops, and educational programs by federal, state, and local agency biologists.

Services and Loans

Specimen determinations, vertebrate inventories, specimen and tissue vouchers, freeze-dry capabilities, and specimen loans are all services provided at the MWFB. Explore the links below for more information or contact our Collections Manager, Irene E. Engilis at .


Our goal is to continue integrating vertebrate specimen-based research with technical services and education, which establishes the MWFB as a key facility in California addressing environmental issues such as wildlife conservation, endangered species recovery, native fish decline, landscape ecology, systematics, and biodiversity.  We will accomplish our goal through increased partnership building, networking, education and training of future and current agency biologists, and supporting cutting edge research and biotic inventories. 


Outreach and education is an expanding program of the MWFB. The MWFB has continued outreach to science and non-science students, professionals, primary school groups, and the general public.  The strength of our outreach activities is the museum’s internship program designed to recruit and expose UC Davis students to museum science and specimen based field research. For information regarding internships contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis. Please visit our Outreach page or contact our Education and Outreach Specialist, Tabatha Yang for information about tours and outreach.


In addition to storing vertebrate materials, MWFB houses a library of natural history literature and an archive of historic vertebrate records, including the Sacramento Audubon Society historic bird records.

Contributions and Gifts

The MWFB is a charitable organization that accepts gifts and donations in support of museum activities and management.  Please contact the Museum Curator, Andrew Engilis, Jr. at 530-752-0364 for more information on charitable giving.

Gift Shop -- Clicking here will redirect you to the Museum of WFB's Zazzle gallery / giftshop.

Also available is the first in a series of Museum of WFB t-shirts featuring Californian endemic wildlife. All proceeds are applied to maintenance of the MWFB collections. Click here to view design. E-mail or call in your order today at or 530-754-8813.

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