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'The Owl And The Woodpecker' And The Health Effects Of Radiation Exposure

Steve Scher
03/17/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Close your eyes for a moment and hear in your mind the sound of a woodpecker drilling into a telephone pole. The sound echoes across your neighborhood in rhythmic waves throughout the afternoon. Now imagine yourself walking through a wooded park at night. It is quiet except for the sound of tree branches smacking together in the wind. Then, a more haunting sound. The low and rich hoot of an owl underscoring the breeze. Its round eyes flash briefly in the reflection of a street light. Owls and woodpeckers exist in urban areas as well as wild ones. Today we'll explore their place in our world. We'll also learn about the health effects of radiation exposure. What could people in Japan be facing? What should we do to protect ourselves?

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The Owl and the Woodpecker traveling exhibit runs at the Burke Museum in Seattle's University District from March 19 through August 7.


Paul Bannick is an experienced naturalist, outdoor educator and award winning photographer. His work has appeared in numerous books and magazines.

Scott Davis, Ph.D. directs the Radiation and Environmental Exposure Studies Group at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is chairman and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

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