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July 12, 2011

Burke Museum Publishes Mt. Rainier Wildflower Guide

Seattle–The Burke Museum’s Herbarium has just published Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier, a lightweight, all-weather identification guide with photos and descriptions of 90 common wildflower species found above the tree line at Mt. Rainier National Park.

The guide is a collaborative effort between Burke Museum Herbarium Collections Manager David Giblin and University of Washington alum and native plant enthusiast Donovan Tracy.  Mr. Tracy took all of the 160 photos contained in the guide during hikes he has taken throughout the park.

The map-style guide folds out to 20”x26” in size, is organized by flower color to make identifications easier, and is printed on waterproof, tear-resistant EcoStone paper.  Dr. Giblin says that the guide is “one example of how the Herbarium at the Burke Museum pursues public education opportunities regarding the flora of our region.” 

Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier is available for $8.95 +tax at the Burke Museum shop, Mt. Rainier National Park gift shops, Seattle Audobon, Metsker Maps, and Third Place Books. Proceeds from the guide will support the Herbarium’s educational outreach and field research activities. The Herbarium staff hope that this will be the first in a series of innovative identification guides for wildflowers around Washington State.


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