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Besides their natural talents of spinning webs and catching prey, Washington's forest spiders can actually help us observe the effectiveness of sustainable timber harvesting practices. Read about the Burke's research into what the future holds for spiders and other species in forest areas cleared for logging.

Despite Triceratops’ celebrity, little is known about how it goes from a hatchling the size of a bulldog to a three-horned behemoth bigger than a rhinoceros. Learn about the Burke’s expedition to Hell Creek and their remarkable discovery of a baby Triceratops frill. What does this fossil teach us about the developing Triceratops?

Short-tailed fruit bats and New World pepper plants have an important relationship with each other. Learn about Burke curator Sharlene Santana's research in Costa Rica about this unique dynamic, and their use of "scent traps" to capture the aroma of over 50 pepper plant species. 

Columbia River at Kennewick

Information about the remains known as Kennewick Man/The Ancient One, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America. 

Dig into the excavations of Burke curator Christian Sidor and his team, as they discover fossils of early carnivorous dinosaurs, armored reptiles and a new species of shuvosaurid that has never been uncovered.

Learn about the Burke's research on the coastal-tailed frog, one of the specimens on display in our Wild Nearby exhibit.

New Burke construction site

New Burke construction is underway! Check this page for notable construction updates.

The New Burke celebrated the completion of the building's steel frame with the traditional Topping Out ceremony. Read more about it and watch our video of the celebrations! 


How do you catch the Northern Bog Lemming? Mammaology researchers from the Burke traveled to the North Cascades in pursuit of this elusive creature - find out if they were successful!


 Beginning 4,000 years ago, a revolution swept through Island Southeast Asia. People shifted from living solely on wild foods to farming and raising domestic animals. Why did this change in livelihood occur?

Read about Ana Maria Bedoya's expedition to Colombia to study the tropical diversity of river-weed plants. 

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