Burke Blog

researcher measuring skull fossil

Researchers are turning to the Burke’s collection of fossil baleen whales from the Pacific Northwest to better understand how the largest creatures on earth evolved.

Live male Pseudophrys lanigera.

Welcome to Washington! How did a spider common in Europe make its way to Seattle? We may never know, but it appears to be here to stay.

Seahawks Super Bowl rally in 2015

We've had quite the year at the Burke Museum—from the discovery of Washington's first dinosaur to a Seahawks Super Bowl rally! Take a look back at a few of the highlights from 2015.

American Avocet egg clutch

A study of the seasonal environmental changes influencing when Washington state birds breed and how many eggs they lay.

Model Angyaaq next to frame

Working with communities to rebuild a traditional Native boat-building practice, bringing this knowledge back into a living context. 

Kininnook's pole

Totem poles are thought of as symbols of Seattle by many residents and visitors, but, in fact, the indigenous people of Washington state did not traditionally carve totems. 

Ted Pietsch in the Burke fish collections.

Ted Pietsch retired in July after 37 years as Burke Museum curator of fishes and professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Portrait of Ethan Linck

Graduate student Ethan Linck reflects on his first scientific collecting trip with the Burke ornithology team.

Force transducer setup used to measure the bite force of bats.

How hard can a bat bite, and why does it matter?

Portrait of Alise D.

Alise D., a 6th-grader in Seattle, connected with female Burke and UW scientists to conduct hands-on experiments and participate in research.

Portrait of Bridget McNassar

The Native plant nursery at Oxbow Farm is growing Northwest Native plants in anticipation of the new Burke facility.

Portrait of Cory Fuavai

Cory Fuavai is a UW student doing research at the Burke to support of his goal to become a Samoan Matai chief.


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