NOKES, Irwin Dana

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Irwin "Dana" Nokes (1884-1955) in 1925 at about age 40.


NOKES, Irwin "Dana" (1884-1955) (SS#564-48-0777) was born in Denver, Colorado on January 28, 2884. He became a Los Angeles area dentist and professor of comparative dental anatomy who had a serious avocational interest in ornithology. Nokes was elected to membership in the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1914, and remained active for more than 30 years. He served as secretary of the club’s Southern Division and in 1943 as its president. Nokes was a Los Angeles city policeman before becoming a dentist. Nokes taught at the University of Southern California College of Dentistry. Nokes was more of a collector than a field ornithologist.

He collected a set of Bald Eagle eggs on San Clemente Island on March 13, 1915 [WFVZ 81994], and was known to have his dental students make collections for him. A second egg set was collected for Nokes on March 14, 1915 on Santa Catalina Island by dental student, M. Howard [WFVZ 65874]. A third set was collected for Nokes on March 12, 1932 on Santa Catalina Island by Mr. Palmer. In addition, Palmer shot a bird on Santa Catalina Island for Nokes the day before he collected the egg set [WFVZ 2334].

Nokes died of heart disease at age 71 on June 16, 1955. His first wife, Leda Lucille (1887-1950), predeceased him. He was survived by his second wife, Dora (1891-1977). Nokes is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles. Nokes’ egg collection is located at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Nokes authored three notes in Condor:

  • » NOKES, Irwin D. Red Phalarope in the San Diego District (1915)
  • » NOKES, Irwin D. Western Grebe Breeding in Southern California (1917)
  • » NOKES, Irwin D. Vermillion Flycatcher near Los Angeles (1917)


Nokes collected specimens on:

  • San Clemente Island (1910, 1914, 1915)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1914)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1915)
  • Isla Coronados, Baja California, Mexico (1915)



Island Collections~

San Clemente Island

5/10/1914 WFVZ

3/14,15/1915 WFVZ birds

ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2286 Podiceps nigricollis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2287 Podiceps nigricollis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2325 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2326 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2381 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2382 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2384 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2934 Larus occidentalis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2912 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2915 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2916 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 6, 1915 WFVZ-2363 Larus heermanni Eggs
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San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ March 13, 1915 WFVZ-81994 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ March 14, 1915 WFVZ-2933 Larus occidentalis Eggs
San Clemente Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ March 15, 1915 WFVZ-2365 Larus heermanni Eggs



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-203036 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-203048 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-203186 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-203412 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-204975 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-39478 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-39479 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 7, 1914 WFVZ-39480 Larus occidentalis Eggs



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 7, 1915 WFVZ-2357 Corvus corax Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 7, 1915 WFVZ-2478 Athene cunicularia Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 9, 1915 WFVZ-2636 Dendroica coronata Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 9, 1915 WFVZ-15763 Ammodramus sandwichensis Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ February 9, 1915 WFVZ-15765 Vermivora celata Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ March 12, 1932 WFVZ-81995 Athene cunicularia Eggs
Santa Catalina Island Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 5, 1932 WFVZ-39476 Larus occidentalis Eggs


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95573 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95574 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95575 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95577 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95577 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95578 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 29, 1915 WFVZ-95579 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes MVZ May 30, 1915 MVZ-64609 Plestiodon skiltonianus Herps
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes MVZ May 30, 1915 MVZ-64610 Plestiodon skiltonianus Herps
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes MVZ May 30, 1915 MVZ-64611 Plestiodon skiltonianus Herps
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-216406 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-22592 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94494 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94495 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94496 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94491 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94492 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94493 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94494 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94495 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ May 31, 1915 WFVZ-94496 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 3, 1915 WFVZ-22894 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 3, 1915 WFVZ-92443 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-39481 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-39482 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-45982 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-45983 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-45984 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-75907 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-75908 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-92442 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-92444 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-95587 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-95588 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-163534 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Isla Coronados Irwin D. Nokes WFVZ June 5, 1915 WFVZ-228255 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs