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August 20, 2003

BUG BLAST @ the Burke!

Sunday, September 21, 2003
10 am - 5 pm

Seattle -- Get up close and personal with all sorts of multi-legged critters and meet the folks who love them at the Burke's popular family day Bug Blast, from 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday, September 21. Bug Blast is your once-yearly opportunity to touch large live bugs, examine tiny microscopic bugs, and wade through tables and tables of bug specimens from around the world.

Kids will enjoy having their faces painted with bug designs, practicing "seeing like a bug" through special bug-eye-glasses, and trying out a variety of bug-related craft projects. Bug Blast visitors of all ages will get a kick out of watching worker bees do their thing in a transparent beehive and peeking into the hidden lives of ants through our live Ant Cam! After working up an appetite from all the buggy activities, daring visitors won't want to miss sampling some tasty fried larvet!

Bug Blast participants include Don Ehlen and his famous "Insect Safari" -- where you'll be able to examine over 2100 preserved specimens including giant tropical beetles and colorful butterflies! Thirteen-year-old bug enthusiast, Alexander Barr, who has been collecting bugs for half of his lifetime, will share his bug collections and stories about searching for bugs in Panama.

Members of Scarabs: The Bug Society will be on hand at Bug Blast to answer all your buggy questions and to help you identify your own bug collections. Dr. Margriet Dogterom, a pollination expert and author of "Pollination with Mason Bees," will advise visitors on how to get pollination from native bees, and the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, will help to get you started as a backyard beekeeper!

After making a glitter bug and finding out the identities of your home-collected bugs, no Bug Blast visitor can afford to miss our 9-foot-high Bug Wall, the transparent tomb of 600 species of Washington insects. Bug Blast is also a great opportunity to visit the permanent exhibits at the Burke: in the lobby, the Treasures case displays a sampling of some of the most awe-inspiring pieces in the Burke collection of more than 4 million objects, specimens, and artifacts. The past 545 million years of Washington State history are the focus of the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit, where you can ogle the only real dinosaur skeletons in the region! In the cultural exhibition, Pacific Voices, you'll enjoy visiting the cultures of the Pacific Rim without even fighting the crowds at Sea-Tac! Afterwards, have a cookie and a latte in the atmospheric Burke Museum Caf -- the fitting close to a day of adventure and learning.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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