ABBOTT, Waldo George

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Waldo George Abbott holding a Goshawk

ABBOTT, Waldo George (1911-1990) [SS#555-01-0840], native Santa Barbaran and employee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for 40 years. As a boy, Waldo often visited William Leon Dawson at his home. He also hung around the Rett Brothers taxidermy shop on Ranchería Street in Santa Barbara. In 1938, after volunteering and working part time at the museum, Abbott became an assistant to Egmont Rett, who was Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy. Together they assembled the specimens for the Bird Taxonomy Hall and later developed the exhibits for the Bird Habitat Hall. Abbott took a three-year leave of absence while he was “engaged in essential war work.” After the war, he returned to the museum, and in 1964 he succeeded Egmont Rett. Abbott was Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 1964 until his retirement in 1976. Abbott spent considerable field time on Santa Rosa Island where he conducted numerous zoological expeditions and was particularly interested in the island's birds. He authored half a dozen papers in Condor, one of which pertains to Anacapa Island.


» Abbott, W. G. American Oystercatcher on Anacapa Island, California in Condor 67(2):190 March-April 1965.


Waldo Abbott collected on three California Channel Islands: Santa Rosa Island (1947, 1948, 1950, 1951); Santa Cruz Island (1939, 1941); and Anacapa Island (1947).



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM June 21, 1947 SDNHM-38320 Uta stansburiana Herps
Anacapa Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 4, 1947 SDNHM-38692 Elgaria multicarinata Herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33463 Batrachoseps pacificus Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33469 Batrachoseps pacificus Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33479 Batrachoseps pacificus Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33464 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33465 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33466 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33467 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33468 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33471 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33472 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33473 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33470 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33474 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33475 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33476 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33477 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33478 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM August 2, 1939 SDNHM-33480 Batrachoseps nigriventris Herps
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Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM May 18, 1947 SDNHM-38322 Uta stansburiana Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM May 18, 1947 SDNHM-38323 Uta stansburiana Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM May 18, 1947 SDNHM-38324 Uta stansburiana Herps
Santa Cruz Island W. G. Abbott SDNHM May 18, 1947 SDNHM-38689 Uta stansburiana Herps


Santa Rosa Island:

  • 7/28/1947 SDNHM herps
  • 2/6/1948 SDNHM herps
  • 4/15/1950 SDNHM herps
  • 3/26/1951 SDNHM herps
  • 3/17,18/1951 ROM birds
  • 12/8/1952 SDNHM herps