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Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

455 Crocker Ln, Davis, CA 95616

The Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology has a variety of things for people to enjoy. They have an outside area with ducks, turtles, and fish that you can feed from the ground or from one of their three bridges. There is also a children's area full of interactive exhibits for both adults and kids alike. Once inside the museum, there are many interesting exhibits such as a beautiful aquarium filled with different types of fish, some large insects in display cases, and some cool-looking stuffed animals on the walls.

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology (MWFB) is integrated with research, technical services, education under the direction of both UC Davis College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences as well as the Department of Wildlife. The MWFB has one important modern collection for birds, mammals, and fish in California housing over 60k specimens along with over 11,000 tissues which makes it a key facility addressing environmental issues like wildlife conservation or endangered species recovery among many other things.

  • Captivating stories of conservation success

  • Home to the largest collection of California wildlife

  • World-class research and innovation in wildlife biology

Undergraduate and graduate students at UC Davis have a goal of gaining an education. The MWFB collections and staff support 50 courses across 10 different departments on campus, with over 2,700 students interacting with them each year. They also distribute specimens in response to requests from researchers and educators so many people will benefit from having access to such a comprehensive collection in terms of species coverage. If you're a student, visiting the museum is beneficial because you will:

  • Have a more efficient way of studying

  • Improve your education by having access to numerous resources

Several agencies in California use specimens to help train and determine species identification. These include the Central Valley Bird Club, Yolo County National Audubon Society, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Services, United States National Park Service - all of which are overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation as well as other divisions under that umbrella organization such as The California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

A new wave of requests for museum specimens and services are coming in from across North America. Researchers continue to be in high demand, with projects covering species distributions, avian illnesses, morphology genetics locomotion flight evolution among other fields. The consequence has been a slew of articles reports on these topics published by researchers around the world!

The museum dedicates itself to promoting the understanding of species taxonomy, life cycles, and biogeography. This is done through teaching methods that include active research as well as hands-on instruction in an environment dedicated solely to these pursuits. By focusing on vertebrate natural history and biology they aim to assist both education efforts and the conservation of animals globally.

Dixon, California is blessed with some of the area’s most interesting and historically significant attractions. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

  • Bohart Museum of Entomology

  • Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

  • Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology

  • Cool Patch Pumpkins

  • The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

  • Berryessa Brewing Co.

  • Manetti Shrem Museum

  • UC Davis Arboretum

All of these wonderful points of interest are located just a short distance from our central location at 1150 North 1st Street in Dixon! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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