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Burke Museum visitors examine the blanket found to contain woolly dog fur.

A small tear in a blanket revealed a rare piece of history hiding in plain sight.

Flying squirrel in tree

For hundreds of years, a species of flying squirrel was hiding right under (actually, above) our noses.

Mammaology researchers from the Burke traveled to the North Cascades in pursuit of the elusive Northern Bog Lemming.

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.

Red-flanked bluetail

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

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

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

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.

Rockfishes

Researchers are uncovering new insights about the early stages of life for several Puget Sound fishes.

small purple flowers

Images and information about bloom time, habitat, and distribution range for more than 2,700 plant species that grow wild in Washington.

Photo of fireweed in bloom

Images, species descriptions, range maps and bloom period for more than 850 common wildflowers, shrubs and vines that occur in Washington.

Bruce cuts into the cast containing the Columbian mammoth tus

We started removing the cast covering LuLu the Columbian mammoth's tusk to get a glimpse into its preservation.

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