Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fluorescent Lichens: Dazzling Creatures of Light

Ever seen a fluorescent lichen? They can be found across Canada, and—thanks to a recent collecting trip by botanist Jennifer Doubt—they can also be seen in the museum. Continue reading

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Blackflies, begone! Studying the plants of northern Ontario’s peatlands.

Botanist Jennifer Doubt returned to a field camp this summer for an environmental survey of plant diversity. Continue reading

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Nature Campers Really STAND OUT!

Mixing in learning with a whole lot of fun! The Museum’s new summer day camps wrapped up last week. Find out what our Nature campers were up to! Continue reading

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Nine Days on Top of the World

When exhibition designer Dan Boivin went to the High Arctic to research for the museum’s next gallery, he expected to learn, but he didn’t learn what he expected. Continue reading

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Searching for ‘White Gold’ in southern Greenland

Mineralogist Paula Piilonen fulfills a dream to collect some unusual minerals and share this knowledge during her journey with Students on Ice. Continue reading

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The Month of Arctic Onions and Western Birch: Arctic Botany 2014

A trip to an Arctic river valley to study and sample the remarkable plant biodiversity yielded record results of a few different kinds. Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff reports on the significance of several of their fieldwork finds. Continue reading

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Connecting Youth to Nature

The CC IUCN (Canadian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature) is seeking two volunteer Youth Ambassadors to work on initiatives during the coming year that connect youth to nature, and to attend the IUCN World Parks Congress in November in Australia. Age range: 19–29 years old. Application deadline: August 20, 2014. Continue reading

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The Alphabet Soup of the Science World

Dr. Mark Graham describes the museum’s link to international efforts that conserve species and promote taxonomy. Continue reading

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