A Fascinating Collection of Bird
Eggs from Ventura County
March 15, 2014 - June 15, 2014
Egg Activities for the family from 10am to 2pm
Which came first? You may not be able to answer
that question after you visit, but you will be amazed at
the collection of eggs shown in this exhibit at the
California Oil Museum. Borrowed from the vast collection
at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, this
exhibit focuses on Ventura County bird eggs and the
habitat in which they are hatched. Explore the unique
beauty of the eggs while you learn about the fascinating
world of birds. Opening day will have exciting egg
activities for the entire family, such as how to blow
out an egg, and professional bird watchers that will
inspire you to become a bird enthusiast! The California
Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $1 for
students 6-17, free to members and children 5 and under.
The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to
4pm. For more information call 805-933-0076.
So what is it about eggs and nests that called out to
both professional and amateur ornithologists alike,
inspiring them to spend large amounts of time in the
field collecting the materials and endless hours
organizing them in museums, despite the risk of going
into debt, alienating their friends and family, and even
losing their lives? The answers lie not only in the
nature of old-time bird collectors, people who loved to
amass rare, unique, and common specimens alike, but also
in the nature of early ecologists, people with the
passion for the natural world who found answers to
questions about natural history and evolution in the
shapes, colors, patterns, clutch sizes, and
distributions of the eggs and nests of the world’s
birds. The answers lie, too, in the nature of the eggs
and nests themselves- beautiful, fragile, unique,
useful, and marvelous to behold!
For more information about the museum call 805-933-0076.