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Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it. 

Pile of the Elaphomyces truffles found in the ski boot.

The Herbarium helps to solve a mysterious discovery—in ski boots of all places! 

The Burke Museum Herbarium is revising the guide to vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest.

Burke Museum visitors examine the blanket found to contain woolly dog fur.

A small tear in a blanket revealed a rare piece of history hiding in plain sight.

Flying squirrel in tree

For hundreds of years, a species of flying squirrel was hiding right under (actually, above) our noses.

Mammaology researchers from the Burke traveled to the North Cascades in pursuit of the elusive Northern Bog Lemming.

Hairy woodpecker specimens in the Burke collection

In addition to distinct belly coloration, Burke researchers found that species east and west of the North Cascades are genetically different.

Red-flanked bluetail

A rare Asian songbird was far off course last December when it fatally struck a window on Lopez Island.

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

Did you know that the Washington state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly?

A local 10-year-old discovered a fossilized mammoth tooth while walking along the beach on Whidbey Island.

Female specimen of Zodarion rubidum from Gold Bar

Burke volunteers discover two spider families new to Washington state.

Rockfishes

Researchers are uncovering new insights about the early stages of life for several Puget Sound fishes.

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