Explore nature in the field, in the lab, and behind the scenes with researchers from Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences. This series of videos on timely subjects connects nature’s past, present and future.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline Madill has more than 40 years’ experience as a biologist and is passionate about her work studying aquatic life. She shared her journey as a scientist at a presentation for “Ignite”, a fast format for sharing stories.
Find out more about reindeer, a holiday icon. We all know about Santa’s reindeer, but science tells us that the animals that drive Santa’s amazing journey on Christmas Eve are in fact all female – antlers and all!
Meet Paula Piilonen, head of mineralogy at the Canadian Museum of Nature and president of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Learn about the importance of minerals and studying geology. Paula was part of the scientific team on the Canada C3 expedition for Canada 150.