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Dear Friend of the Essig,

2020 has been a rough year for all of us. But many of you found opportunities to renew your joy of discovery by taking to our local fields and trails to see wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and bees. At the Essig Museum we share that passion. Our mission of research, outreach, and education can be summed up simply:

Cataloging the past, protecting the future

But we need your help. Budget cuts threaten some of our most basic functions and limit our ability to serve our students, researchers, and the public.

Peter Oboyski and Jean-Yves Meyer discovering of a new species of tortricid moth on the summit of Tahiti Island, highest point in the South Pacific. Temperatures go below freezing many nights of the year (including this one).

Donate to the Essig Museum and show your support for science education.


We engage students in hands-on museum science through our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and Internships. We also loan specimens and provide data to researchers around the world. And we host seminars and public events to spread the word about arthropod science and conservation.

Your gift, large or small, helps the Essig:

  • Support student education in areas like conservation biology, evolution, and natural history, through hands-on experience with Essig Museum collections
  • Digitize our collections that span 100 years of environmental change in California
  • Mount expeditions to document biological diversity
  • Engage with the community through public events like Through the Looking Glass

Be a part of the solution to protect the future of biodiversity!


Peter T. Oboyski, Executive Director
Essig Museum of Entomology


P.S. Don't forget about our Adopt A Drawer program!

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