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Detailed information on the exhibits, research projects, and programs tailored for journalists. For more information or questions please contact Burke Museum Public Relations.

May 30, 2006

The Burke Museum Summer Happenings

Thurs., June 1, 2006
1 pm – 4:30 pm
FREE First Thursday: Swim in Their Skin

Come to the Burke First Thursday program on June 1st to play "Salmon Land," the game in which you trace the amazing life cycle of a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus spp. You are the game piece in this fun, life-size board game that follows these fish on their journey from the stream where they are born to the ocean and back again to their home stream. This is a truly remarkable journey appropriate for kids of all ages.

7:30pm, Meany Hall
Lecture: Dr. Richard Leakey, “Climate Change and the Future of Life on Earth”

The Burke Museum and Woodland Park Zoo are pleased to co-present a two-hour multimedia presentation with Dr. Richard Leakey, world renowned paleoanthropologist and environmental activist. Author of The Sixth Extinction, Dr. Leakey will talk about man’s impact on the environment and the future of life on Earth. The presentation begins with a visual introduction to Africa by safari leader David Anderson.

Ticket prices: Members $30; Students $20; all others $35. Purchase in advance bycalling 800-927-4647, or purchase at the door one hour before the event. Tickets can also be purchased online by registering at www.focusonplanetearth.org.

Sat., June 24, 2006
10 am – 4 pm
Opening Day: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Explore the world of wildlife photography with a full-day of hands-on activities, discussions, and demonstrations for all ages. Meet professional wildlife photographersfrom 1 – 3pmto learn more about their art and pick up great tips on taking fabulous photographs. Visit with youth photographers,including 14-year-old Alexei Calambokidis of Olympia, WA, whose award-winning photograph is on display, and enjoyhands-on activities using video cameras and other equipment, makeyourown pinhole camera, and find inspiration to capture the beauty of the natural world around uswhile touring the new exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Sat., August 5, 2006
10 am – 4 pm
Family Day: Meet the Mammals

From squirrels to baboons: Join Burke staff, including Curator of Mammals, Professor Jim Kenagy, for a day filled with interactive demonstrations, tours, hands-on activities, and illustrated presentations on animals of all kinds, in a day designed to bring the power of nature and the diversity of wildlife to a family audience.

Sun., September 17, 2006
10 am – 4:30 pm
Bug Blast!

Explore the wild and wonderful world of bugs in a full day of displays and hands-on activities for bug-lovers of all ages!

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