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Kimball L. Garrett

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Ornithology Collections Manager

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Local Address: Los Angeles, California, United States
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
London, London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom

Company Description: About the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM): NHM serves nearly one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • undergraduate degree
    University of California , Berkeley
  • graduate degree
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That is definitely a recent thing," ..., 30 Sept 2012 [cached]
That is definitely a recent thing," confirmed Kimball Garrett, ornithologist and collections manager for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and a recognized Southern California bird expert.
Laura Garrett, no relation to Kimball, and Fish and Wildlife say the birds are back because the habitat they like is back: mulefat and willows in scrub-like alluvial fan landscape.
Kimball Garrett saw the bird in a willow tree in the wild portion of the San Gabriel River on a bird walk in April sponsored by the Duarte Historical Museum.
"The success in Prado Basin has allowed them to colonize and propagate in other areas," he said.
"They are the offspring of these birds. They've begun to disperse somewhat. They look for the next best available habitat," he explained.
Kimball Garrett said about 25 or 30 pairs have been found in the Hansen Dam area in the northeast San Fernando Valley as well.
"That is one of the places that they've colonized," he said.
He said he has also seen the bird in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area.
Western Field Ornithologists: Who We Are, 18 Aug 2014 [cached]
Front row, left to right: Robert Gill, Board Member; Debbie Van Dooremolen; Board Member; Ed Pandolfino, Vice President; Tom Ryan, departing Board Member; Catherine Waters, Past President; Center Row, left to right: Jay Withgott, departing Board Member; Kimball Garrett, Board Member; Ginger Johnson, Graphics Manager Western Birds; Philip Unitt, editor Western Birds; Carol Beardmore, Board Member; Daniel Gibson, incoming Board Member; Back row, left to right: Kurt Leuschner, Board Member; Jon Dunn, Board Member; Liga Auzins, Recording Secretary; Dave Shuford, President; Ken Able, Board Member; Alan Craig, former Western Birds Editor; Robbie Fischer, Treasurer; Dave Quady, Board Member; Not shown: Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Board Member; Frances Oliver, incoming Board Member; Brian Sullivan, Board Member
Kimball L. Garrett, California,, 2012
Ornithology Staff Biographies | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 17 Dec 2010 [cached]
Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager
Collections Manager Kimball L. Garrett is responsible for the care and use of the ornithological collections, additions of specimens to the collections, and the databases associated with the collections. Garrett joined the Natural History Museum staff in March 1982. A lifelong California resident, he grew up in Hollywood, received his undergraduate education in Zoology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California, Berkeley, and did graduate work in Ornithology at UCLA.
An avid birdwatcher since childhood, Garrett has been involved in documenting the avifauna of Los Angeles County and adjacent regions for over forty years. Since the early 1990s he has monitored nonnative, naturalized bird species in California, including 10 plus species of parrots, various doves, and several seed-eating passerines including Nutmeg Mannikins and Orange Bishops; for more information on naturalized parrots, see our Resources page. He was lead author for two species monographs in the authoratative Birds of North America series, those for the Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) and the White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus).
Garrett's interest in field identification problems has extended recently to North American wood-warblers (Dunn, J. L. and K. L. Garrett.
Garrett is past president of Western Field Ornithologists (WFO) and has put in 24 years of service on the WFO's California Bird Records Committee ; he has also served on the American Birding Association's Checklist Committee.
Western Field Ornithologists: Who We Are, 18 Aug 2014 [cached]
Left to right: Kimball L. Garrett, Board Member; Brian Sullivan, departing Board Member; Debbie Van Dooremolen, departing Board Member; Ed Harper, Board Member; Daniel Gibson, Board Member; Catherine Waters, incoming Board Member; Dave Shuford, Immediate Past President; Ed Pandolfino, President; Liga Auzins, Recording Secretary; Ken Able, Board Member; Robert E. Gill, Board Member; Frances Oliver, Board Member; Dan Singer, Board Member; Robbie Fischer, Treasurer/Membership; Philip Unitt, editor Western Birds; Tom Blackman, incoming Board Member; Joyce Meyer, Board Member; Jon Dunn, incoming Board Member; Kurt Leuschner, Board Member.
Kimball L. Garrett, California,, 2015
Kimball Garrett, ornithology ..., 21 April 2014 [cached]
Kimball Garrett, ornithology collections manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, said hes not optimistic about the future. Although he pointed to some successes with the banning of DDT and the return of the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon since 1970, he cant rejoice.
Too many wetlands, bird habitats and nesting grounds are disappearing. Too many species are never coming back.
With global populations rising along with carbon emissions, only a revolutionary turn in western lifestyles can brighten the planets fate, Garrett said.
Politicians and their economies based on growth in population, in consumption, and in financial wealth essentially sealed our doom over those intervening decades (since the first Earth Day), he said.
I am completely pessimistic about the state of our relationship to the Earth unless we can immediately switch directions and massively reduce our population and our ecological footprint, Garrett said in an emailed reply to questions.
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