Category Archives: Arctic

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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Mammoth, Mammoth, Tusked and Hairy, How Does Your Garden Grow?

An Ice Age habitat, the Mammoth Steppe, is part of our new Landscape of Canada Gardens. Palaeontologist Scott Rufolo explains. Continue reading

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Northern Plants in the Capital: Mer Bleue Bog

Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff offers a tour of a well-known wetland that is situated close to Canada’s capital. Definitely a change of scene! Continue reading

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Hey, You Stole My Chloroplast!

A curious case of hybridization in the Canadian Arctic. To solve the botanical puzzle, we used two valuable research tools—one traditional: the National Herbarium of Canada, and the other on the cutting edge of technology: DNA. Continue reading

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Talking about the Arctic – Insights from Museum Directors

Two days in Washington gave Meg Beckel much to think about in terms of the museum’s role in sharing Arctic knowledge. Continue reading

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