Tag Archives: Canadian museum of nature

Small but Mighty . . . Microbes

Water is essential for life so is one of the important clues when searching for life on any planet. Except for heavily processed drinking water, you can find signs of life in nearly every drop of water on Earth; diatoms, … Continue reading

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Getting along with new roommates can be a challenge…Part 2

Last week we met the spotted turtles that will soon be calling the water exhibit home. Now it’s time to meet the freshwater fish and the Pacific habitat fish… The residents of the freshwater river habitat have presented a bit … Continue reading

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Getting along with new roommates can be a challenge…Part 1

As Museum staff members are busy preparing the new aquarium, the exhibit’s new inhabitants are getting ready for their big debut. The Museum’s water exhibit will feature three live habitats: a turtle habitat, a freshwater river habitat and a Pacific … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds

Scientists are champions at formulating and answering questions, and the scientific method is a diligent, orderly way to do just that. In the process, data is generated using the most appropriate methods, a foundation of knowledge emerges, and refined information … Continue reading

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The Shell Game

The most endangered and at risk species in Canada and the United States are the mussels that live in freshwater; 16 of 55Canadian species, and greater proportions reported by several states. There is a modest variety of freshwater mussel species compared … Continue reading

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Another specimen – lobster

Homarus americanus American lobster This specimen is impressive, but it’s certainly not the biggest in a Canadian museum. The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick may hold the contender for that award! A lobster’s big claws are … Continue reading

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Bathing Whales

A big part of the Water Project is the new permanent gallery to be housed in Ottawa, and a big part of that gallery is a real, full-sized blue whale skeleton. This skeleton will be close to 20m (65 ft)! … Continue reading

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From our collections

Every now and then I take a trip down to the collections pods to see what neat specimens are being prepared for the gallery. Here’s my latest discovery. Judith Price, Assistant Collections Manager for the invertebrate collection gave me some … Continue reading

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Freeze-dried pickles?

Producing a traveling exhibit has its own set of challenges, the biggest being that it travels! Set-up and tear down have to be easy, the components have to be crated and shipped, and the specimens have to be hardy. This … Continue reading

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A Needle in the Haystack

Sometimes research is like finding a needle in a haystack. It can be like that for paleontologists. They might know where specific geological formations are. They might understand the Earth history that caused it and have vivid ideas about what … Continue reading

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