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September 26, 2013

Birds at the Burke

A New Annual Event about Our Feathered Friends
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – Discover the birds in your backyard and around the world at the Burke Museum in October! Learn about the birds and nests you can see in your neighborhood, and see beautiful specimens from the Burke Museum’s bird collection. As part of the feathered festivities in October, the Burke Museum is pleased to announce a new all-ages annual event, “Birds at the Burke.”

Birds at the Burke
Saturday, October 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

Join the Burke Museum for a new annual event all about our feathered friends! See and touch hundreds of birds from the Burke’s ornithology collection, from hummingbirds to hornbills. Activities include:

  • See beautiful nests with eggs from the Burke’s bird collection – on public view for the first time ever. Also learn about the most common nests you can find in your backyard.
  • Bird talks, including: How birds learn to sing, how birds fly, and more.
  • Discover how scientists safely capture and band wild birds for research with mist net demonstrations, and practice with toy birds.
  • Examine how birds are prepared for museum collections by viewing bird specimen preparation.
  • Hands-on bird crafts and family activities.

Information for birders of all ages and experience will be provided by Audubon Washington/Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, Seattle Audubon, Puget Sound Bird Observatory, Washington Ornithological Society, and the Ornithology Division of the Burke Museum.

Birds at the Burke is made possible by a generous gift from Robert and Mary Louise Barden, passionate birders and friends of the Burke Museum. 

Love birds? Enjoy mini hands-on activities every weekend in October!
Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Birds
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 11 am – 3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

As part of the museum’s ongoing weekend activities, discover what makes our feathered friends “feathered” every weekend in October. What's in a wing? Find out more about bird wings, plumage, and the feathers that make it all possible. See a few beautiful wings from the collection, and craft your own plumage pin. Also take part in guided exhibit tours of the Life and Times of Washington State and Pacific Voices galleries every Saturday at 1 pm.

For high resolution photos or interviews with the Burke bird experts, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an Alliance of American Museums-accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

Eggs and nest from the Burke Museum’s bird collection.
Photo by the Burke Museum.
A young visitor examines a puffin from the Burke Museum’s bird collection.
Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.