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The Owl & the Woodpecker - Photographs by Paul Bannick

Award-winning photographer and environmental conservationist and author Paul Bannick examines the intertwined life histories of owls and woodpeckers  and the unique role they have played in defining and enriching their often-threatened habitats in The Owl & the Woodpecker: Photographs by Paul BannickMany urban areas as well as wild places throughout North America are home to these two iconic species of birds.

Based on Bannick’s critically acclaimed book of the same title, The Owl & the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds, the exhibit introduces visitors to North America’s most specialized species of owls and woodpeckers, illustrating why the presence of owls attests to the health of the ecosystem they inhabit, and how woodpeckers improve these same habitats for all wildlife, especially owls, through their day-to-day activities.

Visitors also learn how they can make a difference in conserving the habitats that serve the needs of owls, woodpeckers, and the ecosystems these birds depend upon.

The Owl & the Woodpecker's 25 large-scale photographs by Bannick depict birds larger than life and some almost life-sized.

Accompanying the exhibit, an audio loop CD of birdcalls and drumming by audio-naturalist Martyn Stewart lets visitors experience the vivid sounds of owls and woodpeckers.

Book available for purchase: A full-color, 200-page companion book by Paul Bannick, which includes an audio CD of owl and woodpecker calls and drumming recorded by Martyn Stewart is available for purchase from The Mountaineers Books.

The Owl & the Woodpecker: Photographs by Paul Bannick was organized by the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, created with Paul Bannick and Braided River, a partner of The Mountaineers Books.

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Itinerary and Availability Information

Exhibit Specifications:


25 large-format, framed photographic color-prints, captions, six thematic text panels, and an audio loop CD of birdcalls and drumming

Participation Fee

Contact the traveling exhibits manager

Exhibit Support

Educational and programming resources, publicity kit, and exhibit technical manual sent in advance to receiving the show


Approx. 200 running feet [1,200 square feet]


2 est.


551 pounds, est.




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

Tour Begins

October 2011

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Photo by Paul Bannick
northern flicker
A yellow-shafted Northern Flicker is startled to find his mate poking her head from their cavity just as he arrives.
Photo by Paul Bannick
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Photo by Paul Bannick

Exhibit Support and Registrarial Requirements

As a host of The Owl and the Woodpecker, 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.


  • 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