Category Archives: Animals

The teething of the shrew

How do you tell apart Canada’s 19 species of shrews? Elliot Schmidt says it’s a no-brainer: Look at the teeth. Continue reading

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Small pond holds big fish diversity, and drama

It’s a small pond at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s research facility, but there’s big fish drama swimming in it. Museum summer student Francesco Janzen reveals a diverse world of finned deception, conflict and even a fish that uses electricity to catch its prey – all under the surface of a little pond. Continue reading

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Going Hunting in Texas

Search for an elusive insect with museum entomologist Robert Anderson. Continue reading

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Arachnophilia: Spiders of the Museum Research Campus

Two students don’t have to wait for Halloween to get to know mysterious beasts. Continue reading

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How Did Those Mussels Get to the Museum’s Pond?

The surprising voyage taken by mussel larvae—which are attached to fish—to reach and colonize one of our ponds. Continue reading

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Searching for Pearly Mussels in the Rideau River during the Hottest Days of Summer

Sixteen years after the first study, what is the state of native mussels in Ontario’s Rideau River? Research scientist André Martel and team will be diving all summer to find out. Continue reading

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Setting Up House: Acquiring and Caring for Live Beetles

What’s involved in getting the live beetles into the museum for exhibition? Overseas shipping, custom housing and a gentle touch are just some of the requirements outlined by animal-care technician Stuart Baatnes. Continue reading

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Dinos of Canada stamps Stampede into Canada Post Outlets

It’s not every day a palaeontologist introduces a new dinosaur species to the world! Jordan Mallon tells the story of “Judith”, the new horned dinosaur that he recently identified at the museum with colleagues. Continue reading

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Cave Weevils in North America

Caves are known for their magnificent geologic structures, but the richness of their biodiversity is emerging into the light. Continue reading

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The Museum of Nature as a rare species hub

Endangered? Threatened? Not at Risk? Jennifer Doubt shares some roles the museum plays in COSEWIC, the national committee that assesses the extinction risk of plants and animals in Canada. Continue reading

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