April 17, 2009

Burke collections enhanced by community support

Posted by: Karin Hoffman, Communications

Are you a lover of Washington plants and lichens? Do you love to take pictures? Do you love taking pictures of plants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then check out this fabulous Burke herbarium Web site where you can contribute your own photos and share botanical knowledge with the world!

The Burke Museum’s WTU Image Collection Web site is truly a resource that has been built by the community. According to Richard Olmstead, curator of botany at the Burke Museum, “this kind of access enhances the value of our collections and gets the public involved in a way that is different from most of our other outreach efforts.”

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Web-based herbarium collection at the Burke! And a special thanks to David Giblin, herbarium collections manager and Ben Legler for creating an open forum for community participation.

Lilium columbianum, Columbian lily. Photo taken by Tim Hagan, 2004.