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Hairy woodpecker specimens in the Burke collection

In addition to distinct belly coloration, Burke researchers found that species east and west of the North Cascades are genetically different.

Steller's Jay on a branch

Do bird populations living on different mountain ranges evolve independently of one another?

Red-flanked bluetail

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

ornithology specimens

The Ornithology collections include study skins, spread wings, bird skeletons, egg sets, nests and frozen tissue samples.

American Avocet egg clutch

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

Portrait of Ethan Linck

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

Hummingbird pollinating plants.

The mystery of these tiny, but hearty, birds' migratory patterns is starting to unfold.

Megapode at night

Megapodes cleverly harness environmental heat sources to incubate their eggs.

Cataloged passenger pigeons.

What was once a species with unimaginable number, the passenger pigeon became extinct in less than a century. 

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