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Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration

...these award-winning, book-authoring bird-watchers (the photographers) capture their feathered friends in dynamic poses and with pristine quality.
– Seattle Weekly, October 200

Arctic birds connect the world. Twice each year, in spring and fall, millions of birds from all over the world embark upon the amazing feat of migration to and from their Arctic breeding grounds. Arctic terns may fly as far as 11,000 miles each way between their summer and winter homes. Tiny Baird's Sandpipers may fly more than 4,000 miles nonstop. Their survival depends on healthy habitats everywhere they stay. Nearly 200 species nest in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, perhaps the most critical habitat of all.

Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration showcases the work of seven distinguished wildlife photographers whose work tells the remarkable stories of these birds. They are stories of perseverance and daring – and of amazing survival. Included among the exhibit's images are stunning vistas of the diverse Arctic landscape and remarkable close-ups of many bird species: land birds, shorebirds, owls, long-distance flyers, and more. Hunger, instinct, and the drive to reproduce trigger migrating birds to move with the seasons, but don't explain why some travel so far. Arctic Wings celebrates the stars of this show and encourages awareness of the complex web of life that sustains them.

Book available for purchase: A related, award-winning book is available, which includes a 60-minute CD of birdsongs that may be played in the gallery, along with a DVD of bird footage filmed in the Refuge by Arthur C. Smith III.

Arctic Wings was organized by the Burke Museum in partnership with Braided River, a branch of The Mountaineers Books, with help from The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts.

More Information

Itinerary and Availability Information

Exhibit Specifications:


25 framed color photographs, text panels, captions, Arctic birdsongs CD, and Arctic audiovisual DVD

Participation Fee

Contact Mark R. Hand at (206) 616-0268 or e-mail at mrhand@u.washington.edu


Approx. 140 running feet




551 pounds, est.




Inbound - Note: Additional shipping and/or custom fees apply for venues in Alaska and Canada

Tour begins

July 2009

visitors learning bird migration
Visitors learn about bird migration patterns at the Arctic Wings exhibit.
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Arctic Wings sparks curiosity.

Exhibit Support and Registrarial Requirements

Exhibition Support

As a host of Arctic Wings, you will receive the following:

  • Complete registrarial information
  • Complete shipping, handling, and installation instructions
  • Public relations support in the form of digital press releases, images, and logos; digital graphic templates of promotional materials; and advice on promoting the show
  • Educational and programming resources

Registrarial Requirements
This exhibit has been designated Moderate security. It contains wall-hung elements consisting of 25 framed color photographic prints, text panels, and captions. In order to be hung in a minimum of 140 running feet (approx.), multiple prints will need to be double hung.


  • Venues must have a limited-access gallery of sufficient area and wall space to accommodate the exhibition. An open mall, hallway, or lounge area is not acceptable.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the exhibition area, exhibitor receiving, and staging spaces.
  • No part of the exhibition may be stored, crated, or moved off the premises without prior authorization from the Burke Museum. Empty crates for all exhibit contents must be stored in secured, pest-free, and fire-protected storage.


  • Trained professional guards and/or personnel must be present in sufficient numbers to protect the exhibition adequately throughout the time it is on site (during truck off-loading, unpacking, installation, deinstallation, repacking, and truck loading) and on view.
  • The exhibition area must be locked and secured during closed hours. Alarms and/or guards during closed hours are preferred but not required.
  • Functioning fire-prevention systems and other fire-protection devices that meet local ordinances must be available in the exhibition, staging, and storage spaces.

Environmental Controls

  • The exhibition, staging, and storage areas should have a temperature range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity range of 40-60% relative humidity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Venues without an HVAC system will need to provide climate data that reports consistent environmental conditions.
  • The venue must have environmental recording equipment (hygrothermographs or dataloggers) in the exhibition, staging, and storage areas. A member of the collections management or registration staff must make routine checks of the exhibition.
  • There must be no direct sunlight in the exhibition, staging, or storage areas. It should be diffused or eliminated. Light levels must be limited to 20 foot-candles. Light must be filtered for UV.

Exhibition Care

  • Handling of all exhibit contents during unpacking, installation, deinstallation, and repacking must be done by curatorial, registrarial, or by other trained and experienced museum professionals.
  • The exhibition may contain crates weighing up to 400 pounds. Venues will need to have the facility and staff or the ability to hire skilled personnel for crate delivery and movement.
  • The exhibition contents must be left in their crates for 24 hours before unpacking.

For more information, please contact:
Mark R. Hand
Traveling Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 206-616-0268
E-mail: mrhand@u.washington.edu