Monthly Archives: July 2012

Searching for gem deposits on Baffin Island, Nunavut

Museum mineralogists Paula Piilonen and Glenn Poirier head north for first-ever field season in Arctic. Continue reading

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Wild Weather Ends Live Beluga Cam

A fierce storm destroyed the Live Wild Beluga Cam equipment, which was set to broadcast a unique gathering of hundreds of whales. Continue reading

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On Being Old

Research that is based on specimens of long-lived organisms in natural-history collections can help us understand the health of our planet and maybe even lead to the increasing of longevity in others. Continue reading

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Unique and Little-Known Seashell Deposits along the St. Lawrence River

Enormous seashell deposits that are around 10 000 years old piqued the curiosity of researcher André Martel and brought him to Baie-Comeau, Quebec. Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures at the Natural Heritage Building

The colourful specimens in our bird collection inspire the artist Helen Gregory. She was able to explore at her leisure during her residency at the museum. 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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Mission Accomplished for Lamprey Field Team in Northwest Territories

Despite some rough waters, museum scientists reach their quota of lampreys as fieldwork wraps up. Continue reading

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Science in the Kitchen…Collecting Lampreys in the Hay River, Northwest Territories

Success at last as museum scientists hit the jackpot for lampreys…and their kitchen become a lab! Continue reading

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Skills and laughter go a long way−meet the 2012 Arctic Botany Expedition team

Paul Sokoloff introduces the researchers now collecting plants on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Continue reading

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Collecting Lampreys in the Martin River, Northwest Territories

Electrofishing or digging in the dirt? Our researchers do what it takes to get the job done as they begin their quest for lampreys. Continue reading

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