Category Archives: Arctic

Botanist reveals his favourite grass

While Canadian news stories swirl around weed, Jeff Saarela reveals his favourite grass. (Hint: It’s Canadian homegrown.) 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 new Arctic Gallery: Reconciliation, humans and natural history

Reconciliation, humans and natural history — museum archaeologist-palaeontologist Scott Rufolo says the new Arctic Gallery takes a holistic approach. Continue reading

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Two Rare Species, One Big Trip

As a member of the historic C3 voyage that circumnavigated Canada’s coastline in summer 2017, Paul Sokoloff writes about the search for two very special species of plants that exist only in one small area of the vast Canadian Arctic. Continue reading

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Plants 2 Papers: The Sequel

Our botanists have found that 300 species of vascular plants in the lower Coppermine River region of Nunavut. Fourteen species were observed for the first time in Nunavut. By publishing the results of this research, our botanists promote the advancement of Arctic knowledge. Continue reading

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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 2

Dogged searching to the ends of the Earth—Did the keen botany student find snow grass? Continue reading

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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 1

A passionate botany student tells of her adventures looking for the answer. Continue reading

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Windswept Wonders: Collecting Plants and Lichens in Arviat

Paul Sokoloff reflects on a one-month collecting trip by museum botanists around a Nunavut community on the shores of Hudson Bay. Continue reading

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Making Mammoths Come to Life

A combination of science, art and superb craftsmanship helped create our iconic mammoth sculptures 30 years ago. Scott Rufolo shares the story of these attractions, which are based on real fossils. Continue reading

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Summertime Fieldwork in Canada’s Accessible Arctic

To collect Arctic plants—that’s the mission of the museum botanists who are heading north to explore the area around Arviat, on Hudson Bay, Nunavut. Continue reading

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