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August 18, 2008
Special Public Program
Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration
Sun., Sept. 14, 2008, 10 am - 4 pm
Seattle - Every spring, birds from across 6 continents and all 50 United
States make the arduous journey across thousands of miles to reach the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Experience the sounds and sights of these
birds first hand during the opening weekend of this national premiere:
Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration, an exhibit featuring photographs by
seven accomplished photographers.
Take tours, enjoy hands-on activities, and hear bird experts and
photographers talk about migration on Sun., Sept. 14 at the Burke Museum.
Renowned local wildlife photographer, Paul Bannick, whose photographs can be seen in Arctic Wings, will be leading 30 minute tours of the exhibit at
10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Hands-on fun includes making your own bird kite with the Drachen Foundation while enjoying recorded bird sounds from the Arctic, provided by The Arctic Sound Scape Project. Burke experts will be on hand to share a rare look at bird specimens from the Burke collection.
Hear from experts about their personal experiences researching wildlife in
the Arctic Refuge. At 11 am, Stephen Brown, editor of the book Arctic
Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will share the latest
discoveries about Arctic shorebird habitats along with visually stunning
slides of his research in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At 1:15 pm,
take a journey through the Refuge with Debbie Miller, author and
conservationist, when she presents slides and information about her 75 mile
trek through the Refuge to study songbirds. At 2:15 pm, Marilyn Heiman,
director of the Boreal Songbird Initiative, will discuss migratory bird
connections between the Americas and the Boreal Forest in the Arctic,
including current threats to this significant bird habitat.
Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration 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.
Major support for the exhibition has been provided by Tom and Sonya Campion, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Peach Foundation. Additional support has been provided by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Jiji Foundation, Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, and Wilberforce Foundation.
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