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Birds at the Burke

Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 | 10 am – 4 pm

Join the Burke Museum for a new annual event all about our feathered friends! See and touch hundreds of birds from the Burke’s ornithology collection, from hummingbirds to hornbills.


Bird talks:

10:30 am, "Birds on Union Bay" - Larry Hubbell is the author of the Union Bay Watch birding blog one of the most popular stops on the web for Seattle bird enthusiasts. Larry will present stories, photographs and videos of some of Seattle's favorite birds including Eva (Eddie the Eagles widow), Elvis (The Pileated Woodpecker), their offspring, and the largest, smallest and most secretive birds he has photographed on and around Union Bay.

11:30 am, "How Birds Learn to Sing" - Song birds are one of the few animals that learn vocal communication, and the way they learn is similar to how humans learn language. Michael Beecher, Professor of Psychology and Biology at the University of Washington, will discuss the diversity of song learning by songbirds, which range from species in which song is virtually hard-wired, to others in which learning continues throughout the bird’s life.

12:30 pm, "The Life of Owls" - Through vivid new images, intimate video, compelling sound and personal narrative, conservationist and renowned photographer Paul Bannick will explore four seasons in the lives of North American Owls, and show us about how life-histories and behaviors differ between species and seasons.

2 pm, "How Do Birds Fly?" - Tom Daniel, Professor in Biology, Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of Washington leads us on an exploration of bird flight; from speedy hummingbirds that can fly backwards and upside-down, to birds that fly thousands of miles every year, each bird has adapted its feathers, bones, and biological “mechanics” to help them soar.

3 pm, "The Burke Museum’s Bird Collection"– With more than 100,000 specimens of birds, eggs, nests, and feathers, the Burkes ornithology collection is utilized by artists, students, and researchers from around the world. John Klicka became the Burke’s Curator of Ornithology last September and brought an infusion of energy as well as a wealth of specimens from his previous home in Las Vegas. John will discuss the importance of museum collections in bird research, and provide examples of his own work comparing the genetic adaptation of birds that occupy diverse geographic ranges.

Information for birders of all ages and experience will be provided by Audubon Washington/Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, Seattle Audubon, Puget Sound Bird Observatory, Washington Ornithological Society, and the Ornithology Division of the Burke Museum.

Birds at the Burke is made possible by the Robert H. and Mary Louise Barden Endowed Fund for Public Programs.

Photo courtesy of Cougar Mountain Zoo
Photo courtesy of the Woodland Park Zoo

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