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Expedition to Davis Strait: Rough Seas, Cod-Liver Sandwiches and a Highly Diverse Marine Ecosystem to Study

Noel Alfonso’s recent sea voyage wasn’t easy, but his efforts were well rewarded. He reports that 71 fish specimens and 119 invertebrate specimens have enriched the museum’s Arctic collections—and our understanding of this environment. Continue reading

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The Month of Arctic Onions and Western Birch: Arctic Botany 2014

A trip to an Arctic river valley to study and sample the remarkable plant biodiversity yielded record results of a few different kinds. Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff reports on the significance of several of their fieldwork finds. Continue reading

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A Trip Downtown: Mounting Plants in the Stone Wall Gallery

When collection staff took their plant-mounting work to the museum’s galleries, learning and enjoyment happened on both sides of the table. Museum co-op student Tera Shewchenko recounts her experience of the experiment with visitor engagement. Continue reading

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Working in the National Herbarium of Canada: A Student’s Experience

Co-op university student Tera Shewchenko explores how the National Herbarium at the Canadian Museum of Nature contributes to society, science and our understanding of the world. She also appreciates what she’s learned about the plants she’s encountered there—find out why even dandelions earn a little bit of love! Continue reading

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Tallulah is here, what’s next?

Since Tallulah is the largest component in the new water gallery it was important to get her into place first, and then move on to installing all the other sections of the exhibit around her. Although she was the largest … Continue reading

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Awe Inspiring

Following thousands of hours of labour, design and toil…Tallulah is complete. And she is MAGNIFICENT!)

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Surprise!Surprise!

The animal care technician had a wonderful surprise recently! While caring for our friends in the freshwater aquarium, she found eggs on the predatory side of the tank (see previous posts about how the freshwater tank is divided). Further great … Continue reading

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Allow me to introduce…

The Pacific Aquarium will be a prominent feature of the Water Gallery–the first thing visitors will see upon entering the gallery.  CMN’s exhibition technicians have been caring for and grooming the amazing and beautiful creatures for years, while the gallery … Continue reading

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Captured Fugitive Returned

You may remember this juvenile Largemouth Bass from an earlier post…he had been found on the “small game” side of the freshwater aquarium, eating the bait fish (in this case an Emerald Shiner). You see, in order to demonstrate a … Continue reading

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But where do the fish come from?

Since the upcoming water gallery has 3 aquaria featuring live creatures, you might be wondering where they all come from!  For the freshwater aquarium, staff members go out on fishing expeditions right here in Ottawa.  Most recently they went to … Continue reading

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