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Habitat the Game Update for #Bioblitz150

Posted: June 21, 2017 - 14:19 , by Aaron Phillips
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A cartoon image of a Blanding's turtle

ROM Biodiversity is excited to announce an update to its content on Habitat the Game, celebrating the upcoming Rouge National Urban Park Bioblitz!

5 reasons to be excited for BioBlitz Canada 150 in Rouge National Urban Park

Posted: June 2, 2017 - 21:07 , by Stacey Kerr
Two young girls peer into a jar at the insect they just captured with a net during a bioblitz. Photo by David Coulson

While intensive biological surveying has taken place in the Rouge Valley before, this was before the creation of Rouge National Urban Park and a doubling in the park’s size. We are keen to make history by bringing this amazing citizen science event to Canada’s first and only national urban park for the very first time! 

Here are five reasons to be excited about Bioblitz Canada 150 in Rouge National Urban Park, written by Guest Author Omar McDadi from Parks Canada

Who sings for blues? How Blue Whales became ingredients in everyday products

Posted: June 2, 2017 - 16:38 , by Stacey Kerr
A photo of a canister of Canadian Blue Whale Brand Fertilizer - made from blue whale products in the 1950s. Photo by Katherine Ing

Living in Ontario, the Blue Whale in the vast ocean may seem a distant thought from our daily lives. But our history with these animals is more intertwined than we realize - for example, would you ever use fertilizer in your garden made from blue whales? Canadians used to! Read this guest blog post by ROM Biodiversity / Blue Whale team member Katherine Ing to find out a bit more about the other ways whale products became a part of everyday life during the peak of industrial whaling, and what that means for modern global whale conservation.

Introducing Habitat the Game to Toronto (and Canada)!

Posted: May 8, 2017 - 13:44 , by Aaron Phillips
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Polar bear characters from Habitat the Game stand next to Bull the Southern white rhino in the Schad Gallery

ROM Biodiversity is excited to announce its partnership with a mobile game for children, new to Canada, that's designed to teach kids ecologically sustainable habits.

Adventures in the Great Bear Rainforest: from the Royal Ontario Museum to the wilds of British Columbia with Paul Nicklen

Posted: May 5, 2017 - 09:11 , by Aaron Phillips
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A moss-covered, First People's-made wooden carving amidst lush-green undergrowth

Guest blog by recent EVC grad Paul Esposti relating his adventures and insights from exploring the Great Bear Sea & Rainforest.

Winners of the 2017 Henry's #ROMmembers Capture the Wilderness Contest

Posted: April 2, 2017 - 17:57 , by Cheryl Nichols
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Bird resting in a tree.

In celebration of the ROM's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Henry's exclusively invited ROM Members to share their latest and greatest nature photographs for a chance to win a new Sony camera!

Stunning Images from Winners of the 2016 ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

Posted: March 4, 2017 - 12:44 , by Cheryl Nichols
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Two wild turkeys walking down a road.

In celebration of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Ontario-wide ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returned for its second year – this time with both adult and youth categories!

Science communication at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and the Natural History Museum, London: two experts compare notes

Posted: January 10, 2017 - 11:25 , by Aaron Phillips
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An image of text panel in a museum, which reads: This is where the boundaries between the public galleries and behind-the-scenes science are blurred. Come in and explore.

Guest blog by recent EVC grad Temira Bruce comparing opinions from science communicators at museums in Toronto and London, UK, on the how the way in which museums communicate science to their visitors is changing.

The Ultimate Collaboration: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the ROM and EVC

Posted: December 12, 2016 - 11:09 , by Aaron Phillips
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A woman crouches in the woods, her camera raised to her face, ready to take a photo.

Guest blog by recent EVC grad Rhi More examining staff & student reactions to wildlife photography and the Environmental Visual Communication program.

An Interview with Deborah Samuel on "The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds"

Posted: December 6, 2016 - 15:01 , by Stacey Kerr
A Crimson Topaz, one of the thousands of bird skins found at the ROM and feature of photographer Deborah Samuel’s new book. Photo by: Deborah Samuel

Guest blog by Environmental Visual Communication graduate David Coulson

Deborah Samuel's latest book, “The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds” is a stunning exposé of the ROM ornithology collection; an attempt, in her words, to bring these birds and feathers back to life. Here, EVC graduate David Coulson interviews Deborah about her photography and experiences working in collaboration with the ROM's Natural History collections.