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Canadian Museum of Nature The Passenger Pigeon: A story of modern extinction

On September 1, 1914, the extinction of the passenger pigeon became official when the last of its species (a bird named Martha) died. Hear the story of how billions of birds became zero. Get a glimpse of a special exhibition in honour of the ill-fated passenger pigeon. See irreplaceable specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature collection.
  • 2014
  • 00:03:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Native mussels fight back

Find out how some native mussels are hanging on... despite the dire threat by invasive zebra mussels. Mussel expert André Martel takes us to the Rideau River in Smith Falls, Ontario.
  • 2016
  • 00:03:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Searching for lichens in Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia is rich in lichen biodiversity. Tag along with lichenologist Troy McMullin as he finds an assortment of these miniscule marvels that are new to this park. See impressive close-up photos of the lichens as well.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

The National Climate change, ticks and the moose population

With warmer winters bringing less snow cover, scientists are studying how winter ticks are thriving and the impact that could have on the moose population.
  • 2020
  • 00:03:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/26/2020

The National Teen climate activist calls it 'movement of her generation'

Rebecca Hamilton is a 16-year-old from Vancouver who's committed everything to fight climate change. And she has thousands of peers following her example. Rebecca's story is part of the CBC News climate change series "In Our Backyard."
  • 2019
  • 00:05:51
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/15/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Abandoned Home

While out on a walk, Scout notices an abandoned home in the woods. But why would anyone abandon such a cozy home? As Scout and the Gumboot Kids work on this mystery, they soon discover that homes come in many shapes and sizes.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:22
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/25/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Spotted Jelly

When we take time to explore in the woods or fields, sometimes we make exciting discoveries! Have you every seen something in nature that was completely new to you? Something that you had never seen before? This happened to the Gumboot kids as they solved The Case of The Spotted Jelly.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:19
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/25/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Quiet Diggers

Sometimes all we want to do is jump and bounce! When this feeling takes hold of you, find a wide open space in nature and explore how high you can bounce, how long you can jump or how fast you can run. Our bodies are made for moving in all sorts of ways. Let your body leap and bound and ...
  • 2017
  • 00:05:16
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/25/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Pebble Eaters

Nature is full of surprises! The more time we spend in nature, the more hidden secrets are uncovered. Sometimes you might think that a plant or animal behaves a certain way and then as you take time to explore and observe them, they can reveal so many new and surprising things about themselves. This was the case for Scout & ...
  • 2017
  • 00:05:25
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/24/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Buried Treasure

After a winter of cold and snow, it’s wonderful to see the plants waking up from their long sleep. Every day they grow a little more just like you! Each new plant is a natural marvel and a real treasure. Let’s join Scout & the Gumboot Kids as they solve The Case of The Buried Treasure.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:24
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/24/2020

Scout & The Gumboot Kids Spring Special: A Spring Feast

Celebrate the joy and wonder of spring with Scout, Daisy and the Gumboot Kids. The special features tulips, daffodils, birds and a song called "Spring is Springing" by Jessie Farrell.
  • 2020
  • 00:05:23
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 03/24/2020

The Fifth Estate Fishing for Fun and Death

Warner Troyer explores the presence of mercury in some of Northern Ontario's lakes and rivers. In Minamata, Japan in 1956 a new disease was discovered and the cause was mercury poisoning from ingested fish. The disease came to be known as Minamata disease. At that time the Ontario government found it also existed in the Wabigoon River and banned commercial ...
  • 1975
  • 00:27:42
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/04/2020

Country Canada The problem with pesticides

Nobody wants a wormy apple – not consumers and certainly not farmers. That's why pesticides are considered a must for today's large-scale agricultural operations. The downside is that pesticides used by farmers in the Great Lakes basin drain into the lakes, posing a threat to wildlife and, quite possibly, human health. Twenty agricultural chemicals have been identified in the lakes ...
  • 1996
  • 00:09:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Documentary The Family Farm

In a journey across the majestic Canadian countryside, The Family Farm explores the diverse agricultural pursuits of earnest farm families and serves as a window into small scale farming. A season spent with these farmers and others reveals the key role they play in sustaining traditional farm knowledge, promoting environmental stewardship and maintaining food security. The Family Farm focuses on ...
  • 2014
  • 01:10:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/11/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Kathy Conlan, marine biologist researching marine life on Antarctic ocean floor (short version)

Kathy Conlan is a marine biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who studies creatures that live on the ocean floor. She tells us about the impact of pollution on this biodiversity in Antarctica, observed while diving under the ice!
  • 2010
  • 00:01:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Kathy Conlan, marine biologist researching marine life on Antarctic ocean floor (long version)

Kathy Conlan is a marine biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who studies creatures that live on the ocean floor. She tells us about the impact of pollution on this biodiversity in Antarctica, observed while diving under the ice!
  • 2019
  • 00:03:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Lynn Gillespie, botanist sharing knowledge of plants

Sharing knowledge with youth is an important part of a scientist’s job. Lynn Gillespie, Head of Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature, joins the Students on Ice expedition and shares her interest in studying plants.
  • 2011
  • 00:04:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Puijila, the “walking” seal

A Canadian Museum of Nature scientist discovers evolutionary evidence of a mammal transforming to “return” to the sea. An amazing fossil from the Arctic of 20 million years ago, Puijila darwini is a land animal that links to the origin of seals.
  • 2009
  • 00:04:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/18/2019

Canadian Museum of Nature Clues to climate change in Arctic lakes and rivers

Biologist and diatom expert Paul Hamilton finds clues about climate change by studying tiny life forms in the Arctic’s lakes and rivers. Hamilton talks about his work examining microscopic life in the Arctic.
  • 2013
  • 00:02:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/18/2019

Canadian Museum of Nature Arctic fossil forest of 50 million years ago

Fossil sites in the Arctic from about 50 million years ago provide a glimpse of life that evolved in the tropical forest under extreme greenhouse conditions. The Arctic was a warm, wet, swampy, forested place 50 million years ago. Ellesmere Island is a key fossil site in Canada's High Arctic, where the remains of unique mammal species can tell us ...
  • 2011
  • 00:03:36
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/13/2019

Canadian Museum of Nature Botanist Jeff Saarela discusses climate change and shrubification

Some thoughts from a botanist about how climate change could affect the range and type of plant life that is fundamental to life in the Arctic.
  • 2019
  • 00:01:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/13/2019

Canadian Museum of Nature Lemmings: The Arctic tundra's "lunch box"

Mammalogist Dr. Dominique Fauteux introduces lemmings – the tundra’s “lunch box”. These small Arctic rodents have an ecological footprint much bigger than their tiny size would suggest. Their population cycle has a great impact on their Arctic predators — from the Arctic fox and ermine, to the snowy owl and gyrfalcon. Video presentation partially in French with English subtitles.
  • 2019
  • 00:03:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/12/2019

Canadian Museum of Nature Camel discovery in High Arctic

Who knew camels originate from the Americas and lived in the Arctic? An amazing discovery in Canada’s Arctic reveals a camel that lived on Ellesmere Island about 3.5 million years ago. New insight into camel evolution comes from an amazing discovery of bones from the leg of an extinct giant camel in Canada's High Arctic. Natalia Rybczynski, Ph.D., a palaeobiologist ...
  • 2013
  • 00:03:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/12/2019

The Nature of Things Under Thin Ice

Under Thin Ice follows Canadian extreme divers and cinematographers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr on a journey to investigate how Arctic wildlife is adjusting to global warming. The Arctic is a majestic world, home to wildlife rarely seen further south: bowhead whales, polar bears, narwhals and walruses. Life thrives on and under a legendary blanket of snow and ice, covering millions ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2019

Scout & The Gumboot Kids The Case of the Invisible Copycat

While out on his walk, Scout hears a mysterious copycat repeating everything he says. But who could it be?
  • 2017
  • 00:05:01
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/04/2019