Category Archives: Collections

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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Fossil solved great dinosaur cheek debate

Jordan Mallon’s pick for a favourite fossil came down to a question of dinosaur cheeks. Continue reading

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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 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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Ottawa lazurite find points to undiscovered Canadian deposit

Michel Picard tells the fascinating story of a mysterious Ottawa mineral find that ties together glaciers and one of Canada’s great mineral photographers. 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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Visitor-turned-volunteer ushers museum’s fern collection into the 21st century

After almost 50 years as a visitor, Erica Eason turned volunteer to reorganize the museum’s fern collection for the 21st century. 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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Discovering species on the shelves

What’s the best place for a paleontologist to discover a new species: Alberta; Mongolia; or the collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature? Museum paleontologist Danielle Fraser writes that there’s beauty, mystery and lots of scientific discoveries to be made on the shelves, and in the drawers and boxes, of the museum’s collection. Continue reading

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