Obscura Society LA: The Moore Lab of Zoology - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: The Moore Lab of Zoology

Celebrate Bird L.A. Day by exploring one of the world's largest collections of rare and magnificent bird specimens.

Saturday, May 7th is Bird LA Day! Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon as we flock to the Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College for a private tour.

Robert T. Moore became fascinated with birds at an early age. As an adult he and his principal collector Chester Lamb traversed much of North and South America to study, observe, and document their ornithological findings. Moore is credited with discovering five bird species and some thirty subspecies, amassing in the process one of largest collections of birds in the world.

Today, the building still stands and the collection is still growing. Now at more than 64,000 specimens, it is among the world’s largest research natural history collections. Birds that have been extinct for years are preserved here, ensuring that professional and amateur ornithologists, like Robert Moore, will be able to enjoy and study these birds for years to come.

This exclusive tour will be led by director, John McCormack. He will show us some of the most unusual and magnificent creatures to ever grace the sky. I’m talon you, this is one amazing ornithological collection!

In addition to the collection tour, there will be a free birdwalk at 9:00 am hosted by Occidental College’s Moore Lab of Zoology. The walk will begin at the fountain near the Occidental main entrance. For more details, contact James Maley - jmaley@oxy.edu

Stay connected! Subscribe to the LA Obscura Society newsletter and be the first to find out about upcoming events.

Notes for this adventure:

This event is family friendly, ages 12+, but it is a rather small space, so keep that in mind.

Directions and parking instructions will be sent to ticket holders.

A liability waiver is required for this event.

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.