Tag Archives: Animals

Odyssey under the Skin

Science, technology, art! Our Curator of Vertebrates, Dr. Kamal Khidas, gives his impressions on the new exhibit BodyWorlds: Animal Inside Out. Continue reading

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How Do Frogs Survive the Winter (When It Feels Like We Humans Hardly Can)?

Find out how our little amphibian friends in our Frogs – A Chorus of Colours exhibition survive winter and other extreme conditions. Continue reading

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Frog Care 101

With so many live specimens in our Frogs – A Chorus of Colours exhibition, our frog-keeper Leslie is definitely busy! It’s quite a job to clean and feed all the frogs, and keep them happy and healthy. Continue reading

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The Frogs Made My Day!

After a 12-hour trip, the live specimens for the exhibition Frogs – A Chorus of Colours finally arrived at the museum. Educator Nathalie Rodrigue tells us about installing them in their indoor habitats and the wonderment that they generated. Continue reading

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Amazing Ants

Did you know that some ants grow fungus for food? Or that others keep herds of other insects to harvest their honeydew? Entomologist Robert Anderson shines a light on the amazing world of ants and their means of survival. Continue reading

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Ants: A Long Journey from Arizona to Ottawa

Live ants travelled more than 4000 km to the Canadian Museum of Nature, where you can see them in the exhibition Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants starting on July 26, 2013. Catherine Couture tells us why we had to go so far to get them. Continue reading

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Bottom Dwellers

At the Canadian Museum of Nature there is scientific excellence in Arctic research, a regular part of our work in the last 100 years. The museum experts unlock the stories of the natural world and one of our specialties is … Continue reading

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Field Work

One of my favourite museum quotes is, “museums are organisms that ingest but do not excrete”, and is from noted museum professional Suzanne Keene. The implication is that museums are actively gobbling up specimens to the collection vaults and are … Continue reading

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On Being Big

One of the inspiring features of biology is the huge variety that life forms come in. Here is the recipe for an impressive range of biological form and function. Mix together the correct chemical and environmental conditions for life, create … Continue reading

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Our Six-Legged Neighbours

There is a famous religious reference that intersects with natural history. The British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked by clerics what his studies on nature told him about God. He replied that, “the Creator seemed to have an … Continue reading

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