The Hastings Natural History Rerservation collection include species accounts, occurrence data, and other field note materials.
Materials date from the reservation's inception in 1928 through 2009.
The Hastings Natural History Reservation is located in Monterey County, California and serves as a Biological Field Station
of the University of California, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and Natural Reserve System. In 1937, Russell and Frances
Hastings worked with Joseph Grinnell, the Director of the MVZ to develop a plan for the Hastings Ranch to be managed by the
University of California. The main tenants of the plan were:
“1. To preserve an area in California’s coastal region where native plants and animals may live undisturbed by human use of
2. To provide for continuous study of vertebrate animals, especially their numbers and relationships to their surroundings,
as these relationships change in the annual cycle and from year to year”
After University of California President Sproul accepted the Hastings offer, MVZ fieldwork ensued. The full property was official
transferred in 1963 upon the death of Frances Hastings.
Stromberg, Mark R. “History of Hastings 1940's to 2003.” Hastings Natural History Reservation. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <http://www.hastingsreserve.org/HistoryWebHNHR/HNHR1940_2003.html>
Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate
Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.
The collection is open for research.