Black-necked Stilts. Photo courtesy of Bill and Sharon Draker, 2009 Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest.

Egg Collection


The Roy W. Quillin egg collection was donated to the Foundation in the early 1970’s. It has 2,200 clutches of eggs which contain about 10,000 individual eggs. This important collection was made before the widespread use of pesticides allowing researchers to make comparisons to pesticide-exposed eggs and study the effects of exposure to pesticides on characteristics such as eggshell thickness. The Quillin Memorial Wing was built to store the egg collection as well as the Foundation’s other natural history collections. This wing was dedicated in March 1973.