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October 17, 2011

Mingle with Mice, Moose, and More at Meet the Mammals!

6th Annual Family Day Event
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Saturday, November 12, 10 am – 4 pm

Seattle – From aardvarks to zebras, experience the remarkable diversity of Earth’s amazing mammals! Learn how mammals have adapted to swim in the oceans, run on land, fly through the air, and live on ice.

Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. Many of the specimens can be held or touched and mammal experts are on hand all day long to talk about the amazing diversity of mammals and answer questions.

A rich variety of mammal fossils will be on display as well, along with paleontologists to answer questions about them.  The skulls and bones will include fossils of mammals as old as the dinosaurs, as well as later fossils from the Age of Mammals (Oligocene and Miocene). Also on view will be mammoth, mastodon, and bison skulls from the end of the last ice age – just 10,000 years ago. Additionally, a Burke fossil preparator will be at work demonstrating how fossil mammal bones are cleaned up and removed from the rocks in which they are found out in the field.

There will be hands-on activities for the whole family, including:

  • Make dog, ape, or cat masks in the tradition of Carnival! Wear your creations in our ¡Carnaval! exhibit.
  • Assemble an orca skeleton and talk with experts from the Seattle Aquarium.
  • Learn where to discover whales in the Pacific Northwest with the Whale Trail Project.
  • Dress up to enter a Mammal Costume Contest!

Meet the Mammals is included with museum admission and is FREE for Burke members. The event is presented by the Mammalogy Division of the Burke Museum.

Photo: A family has a close encounter with a wolverine specimen at Meet the Mammals 2010. Photo courtesy of Lora Shinn.

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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: $10.00 general, $8.00 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 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 American Association of Museums Accredited Museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264/FAX, or dso@u.washington.edu

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

Photo courtesy of Lora Shinn