Author Archives: Sarah McPherson

Breaking Stereotypes: How Canadians Really See the Changing Arctic

What do Canadians know about the North and the changes underway in the Arctic? Sarah McPherson shares the comments of three panellists who explored this question during our recent de Natura evening. Continue reading

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Dancing with the Dinosaurs: How the Museum Became the Hottest Place in Ottawa for a Night

A unique ambiance at the museum’s first Nature Nocturne evening delighted museum educator Sarah McPherson. Continue reading

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Some Natural History Behind Santa’s Magic Reindeer

How accurate is the tale of Santa’s flying reindeer? Educator Sarah McPherson scrutinizes the facts in the fiction—happily, the magic remains. Continue reading

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Artefacts from Mount Vesuvius’ Eruption

For a history buff like Sarah McPherson, an educator at the museum, artefacts from Pompeii tell a fascinating story. Continue reading

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A Christmas Surprise for Our Pacific Aquarium

The addition of new animals to a museum aquarium led to several astonishing scenes. Sarah McPherson and museum visitors were lucky enough to witness these uncommon events. Continue reading

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Sperm Whales: My Favourite Specimen in Whales Tohorā

Sperm whales are hard to spot in the wild. That’s part of why the two impressive skeletons in Whales Tohorā have enchanted Sarah McPherson. Continue reading

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Ocean Conservation: “Seas” the Day!

Ocean conservation is a complex undertaking, but cooperative solutions are starting to bear fruit. Continue reading

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Ignorance is not always bliss

There are many environmental perils affecting the microorganisms at the base of the marine food chain. Is diversity of life in the ocean already doomed? Is our indifference to that potential fate, the greatest problem? Continue reading

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Crossing the Line

Do some ecological activists go too far? Is this counterproductive? Or, does it serve as a counterpoint for the less-extreme positions of “moderates”? Continue reading

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Imagine a World without Seafood

Is it possible to ethically consume seafood, without contributing to its disappearance? Continue reading

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