The Carl B. Koford papers include work done by Koford between 1938-1979, as well as correspondence dating from 1939-1977.
The field notes document projects focusing on the California Condor, Pumas, primates, and additional birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Carl B. Koford (1915-1979) was a biologist whose best-known fieldwork and research centered on the California Condor. Koford
received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1950. During his tenure with the MVZ, he held the titles of Research Associate and Associate
Research Ecologist. In 1939, John Baker, Executive Director of the Audubon Society, established a Fellowship at UC Berkeley
so that critical facts (particularly population size) relating to the California Condor could be established. Koford, who
was familiar with areas inhabited by the species and reputed to be an excellent observer, was selected for the Fellowship
position. The research he completed in this role led to the publication of his monographic study, titled
The California Condor, in 1953. Koford’s work was also crucial in the establishment of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in Ventura County, California
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