Earthquake and fire destroy collection of 25,000 birds and
11,000 mammals. Only two bird specimens the now extinct
Guadalupe Island storm petrels are rescued. The Galápagos
Expedition returns with Darwins finches, the nucleus
of a new collection.
Robert Orr becomes Curator, serving until 1963 when he becomes
the Academys Associate Director, then Senior Scientist.
His book, Vertebrate Zoology, is a standard biology text for
generations of college students.
The Academy becomes part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network,
responding to all reported beach strandings from San Mateo
through Sonoma Counties. Staff members record each animal
death, collecting voucher specimens and forensic evidence
indicating possible cause of death. Data are reported to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Luis Baptista studies language learning in living birds.