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Discovery Center showcases local ecosystems


Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Artist Doris Olsen (left) and Clausen Museum Director Brittany Zenge stand in front of the new Discovery Center. Local carpenter Ty Cummins designed the structure which includes draw pulls made from alder trees, moose bone, whale vertebrae and deer antlers. Inside are displays exploring the animals, flora and fauna of the island and local aquatic systems.

A new exhibit at the Clausen Museum puts the natural world of Mitkof Island at visitors' fingertips. Dubbed the Discovery Center, a large wooden cabinet-designed and crafted by Ty Cummins-houses displays of different local ecosystems and animals. Local painter and artist Doris Olsen filled those displays with a mix of items handcrafted from paper, clay and resin, and items foraged locally.

Museum Director Brittany Zenge said the forest cabinet includes porcupine and wolf skulls as well as bird talons and feathers and different kinds of local moss and trees. An ode to bird species on the isl...

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