Canadian Museum of Nature

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.

Episodes

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

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 New

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 New

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

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

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 Jennifer Doubt on careers in botany

Canadian Museum of Nature Curator of Botany Jennifer Doubt shares her thoughts on careers in botany.
  • 2014
  • 00:02:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Women in Science: At the Heart of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature Biologist Jacqueline Madill shares her passion for studying aquatic life

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.
  • 2018
  • 00:06:36
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Women in Science: At the Heart of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature Erika Anderson on women geologists and the minerals named after them

Erika Anderson, Curator of Mineralogy at the Canadian Museum of Nature, recognizes notable women in science who have been honoured by having unique minerals named after them.
  • 2018
  • 00:05:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Women in Science: At the Heart of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature Santa’s (female) reindeer

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!
  • 2014
  • 00:01:51
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canadian Museum of Nature Danielle Fraser, paleontologist studying early mammals

Danielle Fraser is starting her career as a scientist. As a child she loved horses and nature, and as she moved along in her studies she got interested in studying fossils and mammal evolution.
  • 2018
  • 00:01:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Women in Science: At the Heart of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature Paula Piilonen, mineralogist

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.
  • 2018
  • 00:01:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Women in Science: At the Heart of Nature