Tag Archives: Collections

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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An unfinished story…assessing the status of Porter’s Twisted Moss

From historic collections to a lasting report, Jennifer Doubt shares the story of a rare moss and the national committee that can help save it. Continue reading

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The Museum of Nature as a rare species hub

Endangered? Threatened? Not at Risk? Jennifer Doubt shares some roles the museum plays in COSEWIC, the national committee that assesses the extinction risk of plants and animals in Canada. Continue reading

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A Photographer’s Dream: Capturing the National Collections

Stunning shots! A unique project lets museum photographer reflect on getting up close with the museum’s amazingly diverse collections. Continue reading

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Tough Fishing Spots

Dr. Brian Coad is an expert on fishes from the Middle East. His publication on the fishes of Afghanistan adds a new dimension to the natural history of this war-torn region. Continue reading

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Our Collections Online: Digitizing Is the Key

Data collections are not widely accessible if they are not digitized and provided online. Museum researcher Jeff Saarela explains the magnitude and importance of this work at the museum. Continue reading

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Our Collections Online: Opening Up Canadian Museum of Nature Collection data to the World

Museum researcher Jeff Saarela, who is also a co-leader of our online collection-data project, shares his thoughts on the importance of data collection and the new global science resulting from the data’s increased availability to others. Continue reading

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Amateur Collectors: The Original Crowdsourced Science

The contribution of amateur naturalists to the museum’s collections is invaluable. Paul Sokoloff presents three such “citizen scientists”: Arthur Waghorne, William Stewart and Eileene Stewart. Continue reading

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Ten Million Stories about Canada

Together, the 10 million objects in our collections occupy five hockey rinks’ worth of space. Individually, each one tells a story and inspires wonder toward the natural world. Continue reading

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Dino Parcels Unwrapped

Thanks to tireless museum volunteers, fossil fragments found 100 years ago are being unwrapped and properly labelled—an immense help to the researchers who would study them. Continue reading

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