Category Archives: Tools of the trade

Going digital: Putting the museum’s impressive library collection online

These beautiful books are scientific gems, and now they’re just a click away. The Canadian Museum of Nature’s library staff are digitizing the museum’s rare and unique publications to make them available online to Canadians, and visitors from around the world. Now you can check out amazing, colourful hand-drawings of Newfoundland insects, and the diversity of Churchill, Manitoba’s flowers, all from the comfort of your home (or on the bus on the way to work, or in a café, or….) Continue reading

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All Fired Up!

Administrative Assistant Lory Beaudoin has discovered an unexpected aspect of her job: accompanying museum scientists to the firing range! Continue reading

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Museum Metabolism

Like animals and plants, museums have a “metabolism”. Do you know how it functions? 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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Spiclypeus shipporum, the New Dino in Town

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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Catharine Parr Traill Herbarium Scrapbook Gets Careful Conservation Treatment

How do we preserve plant specimens that are more than a century old? Erika Range describes her conservation work on the precious collection of a celebrated botanist and Canadian pioneer. Continue reading

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How to Keep Skeletons Clean—Just Spit on Them!

Researcher Scott Rufolo tells us about some sometimes surprising techniques that he learned for cleaning bones that will be added to the museum’s collections or used in our research projects. Continue reading

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Shrinking the World to Talk about Nature

Internet technologies helped biologist Paul Hamilton give a talk about conservation to university students in Indonesia without leaving his lab in Canada. Continue reading

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Nature Inside and Out

How are species identified? Let us tell you about some indispensable tools. Continue reading

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My Visit to a New York City Basement

Interest in tools and techniques for care of tissue samples used for DNA research brought Roger Bull to the American Museum of Natural History, where he visited the Ambrose Monell Cryogenic Collection and its −160°C vats. Continue reading

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