HARRISON, Ed Newton

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HARRISON, Ed Newton (1914-2002), oologist and natural historian born in Cody, Wyoming who became a Los Angeles businessman. He established the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology [WFVZ] in 1956, whose mission is to acquire, integrate and preserve avian collections. Other founding board members included C. V. Duff, J. R. “Bill” Pemberton, Frances Roberts and William Sheffler. The WFVZ was formed at a time many natural history museum were unwilling to add eggs to their holdings, thus the Foundation was in a good position to become the world’s major ornithological institution. Harrison donated his 11,000 egg sets, 2,000 nests, and 1700 study skins, after which he became a collector of collections. In 1992 a large warehouse was purchased in Camarillo, California as home to the Foundation. Harrison collected a total of six bald eagle egg sets from the Channel Islands:

  • Anacapa Island on
March 10, 1935
March 1, 1936 [WFVZ #172982; #172984]
  • Santa Cruz Island on
March 10, 1935; February 29, 1936
March 11, 1939 [WFVZ #172981; #172983; #4216]
  • Santa Rosa Island on March 12, 1934 [WFVZ #172985]


Harrison collected on:

  • Anacapa Island (1935, 1936)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1936, 1939)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1934)
  • Isla Natividad (1940)
  • Isla San Martin (1938)
  • Islas San Benito (1940s)



He died in 2002 and is survived by his Foundation, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Harrison collected ornithological specimens on three California Channel Islands: Santa Rosa Island (1934, 1939, 1949), Santa Cruz Island (1935, 1936, 1938, 1939) and Anacapa Island (1935, 1936, 1939).





Island Collections~

Anacapa Island

3/1/1936 WFVZ eggs

3/12/1939 WFVZ eggs


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 10, 1935 WFVZ-172982 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
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Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 1, 1936 WFVZ-172984 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 1, 1936 WFVZ-2423 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 1, 1936 WFVZ-2434 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
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Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-833 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-837 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-838 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-840 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-841 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-893 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-185945 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-185946 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-185947 Larus occidentalis Eggs
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Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 12, 1939 WFVZ-2426 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 12, 1939 WFVZ-2427 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs


Santa Cruz Island

3/10/1935 WFVZ eggs

2/29/1936 WFVZ eggs

3/11/1939 WFVZ eggs


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ March 10, 1935 WFVZ-172981 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-1968 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-1969 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-1970 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 17, 1936 WFVZ-176426 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
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Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 22, 1938 WFVZ-1971 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 22, 1938 WFVZ-1971 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 22, 1938 WFVZ-1973 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 22, 1938 WFVZ-1974 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Santa Cruz Island E. N. Harrison WFVZ May 22, 1938 WFVZ-1975 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs



Santa Rosa Island

3/12/1934 WFVZ eggs

(WHERE ARE 1939 and 1949?)


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla Natividad E. N. Harrison WFVZ April 24, 1940 WFVZ-172982 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs