Slater Museum of Natural History
The Slater Museum is one of the region's significant repositories for bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and plant specimens from the Pacific Northwest. Our goals are to preserve and provide a collection of specimens to be used for research and education. For more information about the museum's policies, collections, associated educational resources and staff, see the links at the right or below.
The museum does not have educational or interpretive displays as of Dec 2013, but displays are in the final design stage with construction to commence during 2014. To schedule a visit, call or email.
Northwest Nature Notes
Northwest Nature Notes is the Slater Museum's occasional blog on all aspects of Northwest natural history. Check it out to see the latest blog.
Wing & Tail Image Collection
There are 3437 images of wings (above & below) and tails in the image database as of Nov 2013. Most North American birds are represented. Select Bird Wing & Tail Collection for the main page, featured searches to search order, family, common name or group name; or here to browse
Featured Creature - Surf Scoter
This large sea duck eats crustaceans and molluscs while wintering in Puget Sound. Females do not have a brightly colored bill. Video shows Surf Scoters, Wing-winged Scoters, and other seabirds ending with a group of Surf Scoters in a pairing chase with a female inciting a group of males.
Nature in the Classroom
Nature in the Classroom is a multidisciplinary science-based curriculum for 4th and 5th graders in the Puget Sound region. The curriculum brings the rich diversity of Puget Sound's natural history into the classroom using teaching specimens from the Slater Museum of Natural History at University of Puget Sound.