Category Archives: Animals

Cruising the Globe Undetected

Kathy Conlan reports on the gooey voyages of a tiny global hitchhiker. Continue reading

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War Ornithologists

During the two world wars, biologists and ornithologists who were enlisted as soldiers observed bird behaviour and even collected specimens. Meet three ornithologist soldiers whose specimens made their way to the museum. Continue reading

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Finnish moth species is asexual with benefits

Veronica Chevasco reports that a species of Finnish moth is asexual with benefits. Continue reading

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Museum birds tell their tale

What can be learned from a bird’s nest from 1925? Or from a Bird of Paradise collected in the middle of the last century? Michel Gosselin shows us five specimens from the Museum’s bird collection that each tell a very special story. Continue reading

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Museum’s millions-strong Arctic marine invertebrates collection gets digitized

Thanks to Beaty family donation, the museum is digitizing the collection information for its millions of Arctic marine invertebrates, writes Samantha Brooksbank. Continue reading

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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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