Canadian Museum of Nature National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada: Frozen DNA

Learn about the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada. This new facility to support the study of species diversity is the first of its kind in Canada with a national mandate. It preserves frozen animal and plant tissues as well as associated genetic material.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:39
  • 13-14
  • 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

The Nature of Things Nature Bites Back: The Case of the Sea Otter

In breathtaking detail, high-definition cameras capture the behaviour of this aquatic favourite. Sea otters were nearly wiped out by the fur trade 200 years ago, with only a handful remaining in remote outposts as a curious relic. But 30 years ago, biologists began resurrecting the species in a living experiment. It worked brilliantly, but with unforeseen consequences. This fascinating story ...
  • 2005
  • 00:45:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Nature's Cleanup Crew

To us, it’s garbage. To them, it’s dinner. There are some busy scavengers who live among us — vultures, ants, foxes, opossums and others. Meet the unsung animal heroes who share our urban spaces and clean up our mess. Debunking some myths along the way, this documentary helps us learn what adaptations they have evolved for this “messy” job, what ...
  • 2020
  • 00:44:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/17/2020

The Homestretch Needled: The Christmas Tree Genome

University of California Davis genetics professor David Neale details research into mapping genomes of conifers and why the trees have such complex DNA.
  • 2012
  • 00:06:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/09/2013

Alien Deep Ocean's Fury

Waves may be getting bigger and badder, ocean patterns may be shifting, seas are rising and scientists are just starting to figure out why. Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists go in search of answers. What we don't know about the ocean is alarming – waves that defy gravity, uncharted deep-sea currents, even alien creatures that move as ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/04/2016

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Earth: A New Wild Oceans

Sanjayan goes in search of a very different future. He travels to one of the remotest reefs on earth. The sheer number of sharks in this place doesn’t make any sense – the mass of predators is greater than prey. It seems like a paradox. But when you understand it, you see how our oceans can be more productive than ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2016

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As It Happens Octopus Broods Eggs over Four Years

An octopus off the coast of California has broken the record for the longest brood. The dedicated mom guarded her eggs for 53 months until they were ready to hatch. So why such a long brood? "There's a tremendous advantage to being well-developed when you hatch," researcher Bruce Robison tells As It Happens. Robison led the research at the Monterey Bay ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:49
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The Nature of Things On a Wing and a Song

A look at songbird populations. Long Point Provincial Park attracts songbirds. John McCracken of the Long Point bird observatory talks about all these species spotted there. Ornithologist Sidney Gauthreaux monitors migration in High Island, Texas. Bob Currie and Kathleen Gardner participate in a songbird census. Dan Welsh of the Canadian Wildlife Service is directing a study of the boreal songbirds, ...
  • 1994
  • 00:45:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/10/2014

The Nature of Things One Ocean: Footprints in the Sand

Today, two billion people live along or near a coast. By 2025, nearly all ocean shoreline will be inhabited and in use. Overfishing, pollution, over-population, and over-development of our coasts are having deadly consequences. The ocean that once seemed inexhaustible is buckling under the weight of our demands. Footprints in the Sand reveals the devastating impact of human activity on the ocean, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013