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October 22, 2013

Meet the Mammals

Saturday, November 16, 10 am – 4 pm
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – They burrow underground, splash through the seas, and soar through the skies. Discover the remarkable diversity of mammals from across the globe at Meet the Mammals! See, touch, and learn about hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum's extraordinary mammal collection.

Activities include:

  • Learn about the largest, smallest, fastest, most colorful mammals, and their ancestors.
  • What's for dinner? See the tools that mammals use to slice, chop and grind their food.
  • Feel some fur—learn how hair helps protect mammals from cold or sun, and how it helps them hide and communicate.
  • Music from mammals—discover, hear, and play traditional musical instruments made from mammals. Listen to music demonstrations with the University of Washington’s Ethnomusicology Program.
  • Assemble a life-size Orca skeleton with the Seattle Aquarium.
  • Complete the activities required to become a Junior Mammalogist.
  • Color and decorate your own mammal mask to take home.

Want more mammals? Enjoy mini hands-on activities every weekend in November!
Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Mammals
Saturdays and Sundays in November, 11 am – 3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

This month, mammals go on the defensive. Learn about how various species avoid becoming prey, and examine their defense mechanisms with a few specimens from the mammal collection not normally on view. Also take part in “Best-of-the-Burke” guided exhibit tours on Saturdays at 1 pm. Finally, animate your own peek-a-boo pangolin to take home.

For high resolution photos or interviews, 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.

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