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Jadeite Adze in Wood

This stone woodcarving adze—broken and embedded in a piece of cedar—is unlike most items in our archaeological collections. 

Tiny microfossil teeth

Studying microfossil teeth of the Sagebrush Vole from Washington state to understand a pattern of evolution.

Red-flanked bluetail

A rare Asian songbird was far off course last December when it fatally struck a window on Lopez Island.

Concrete mixer trucks have been cycling through the site, pouring more than 1,900,000 pounds of concrete to-date.

Crews recently installed a viewing platform to provide a place for curious people of all ages to stop and watch the construction progress.

Researcher collecting fossils in Antarctica

Burke paleontologists travel to Antarctica to collect 250-million-year-old fossils from the Triassic period.

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

Did you know that the Washington state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly?

The traditional jukung in the Burke's offsite storage.

The Burke Museum has a traditional jukung in its Culture collections, but until recently its origins were a mystery.

A local 10-year-old discovered a fossilized mammoth tooth while walking along the beach on Whidbey Island.

Female specimen of Zodarion rubidum from Gold Bar

Burke volunteers discover two spider families new to Washington state.

Northwestern Gartersnake

Northwestern gartersnakes are the smallest gartersnake species in Washington.

Common Gartersnake

Common Gartersnake coloration varies among localities.

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