Monthly Archives: October 2013

It’s the Great Cucurbita pepo, Charlie Brown!

It’s Halloween! Will the Great Pumpkin be seen in the pumpkin patch? Our botanist Paul Sokoloff sticks his nose into this mystery and traces the roots of this intriguing gourd! Continue reading

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Frog Care 101

With so many live specimens in our Frogs – A Chorus of Colours exhibition, our frog-keeper Leslie is definitely busy! It’s quite a job to clean and feed all the frogs, and keep them happy and healthy. Continue reading

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Our Green Roof: Checking In

A green roof isn’t simply a garden above the ground, it’s a functional part of a building’s envelope. Our facilities director, Marc Chrétien, checks in on the museum’s new-ish green roof and outlines what we’re anticipating from the experiment. Continue reading

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Ten Million Stories about Canada

Together, the 10 million objects in our collections occupy five hockey rinks’ worth of space. Individually, each one tells a story and inspires wonder toward the natural world. Continue reading

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Awesome Things Come In Small Packages

Visit the museum’s DNA lab at our Open House and meet students that study and analyze this remarkable molecule. Continue reading

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Scuba Diving for Freshwater Mussels in the Ottawa River

During their very successful field trip, scientist André Martel and teammates found a great variety and abundance of mussels, including the rare hickorynut—a species found in only six rivers in Canada! Continue reading

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Dino Parcels Unwrapped

Thanks to tireless museum volunteers, fossil fragments found 100 years ago are being unwrapped and properly labelled—an immense help to the researchers who would study them. Continue reading

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An Awesome Day at the Canadian Museum of Nature with Young Kids

Want to ensure a good time with your family at the museum? Volunteer Jennifer Artz has some tips that she and her husband have developed as regular visitors to the museum with their two young sons. Continue reading

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Part 2 – Finding a home for a researcher’s valuable collection

Read what happens when a researcher’s legacy is brought into our national collections. Continue reading

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