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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.

Horned lizard sitting on a rock.

Though the lizards may seem like a portal to a bygone era, their habitat and survival faces serious threats today.

Southern Alligator Lizard

Southern alligator lizards are large, rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Northern alligator lizard

Northern alligator lizards are small to medium-sized rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Sticky trap with spiders

Spiders seldom need controlling and pesticides are not the best way to do so. Sticky traps or better yet, physical exclusion work best.

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