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Ontario BioBlitz Brings Bad News for Arachnophobes

Posted: June 9, 2014 - 03:03 , by Stacey Kerr
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a young boy carefully lets a spider crawl across his palms

Guest Blogger and 2014 Ontario Bioblitz Arachnid Taxon team leader Dr. Gergin Blagoev, Research Associate at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), tells us about finding double the expected number of spider species in the Humber River Watershed and shares a couple of the most interesting species that were found.

2014 Ontario Bioblitz Bird Count Gets Results!

Posted: June 2, 2014 - 11:04 , by Aaron Phillips
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A small blue and white bird sits on a post against background of vegetation.

Guest blogger and 2014 Ontario Bioblitz Bird Taxon team leader Kevin Kerr, Curator of Birds at Toronto Zoo, writes on some of his experiences inventorying birds, including 9 species-at-risk, from the Humber River Watershed.

Snapshots of Biodiversity: A Photo Essay on the 2014 Ontario BioBlitz

Posted: May 26, 2014 - 15:41 , by Aaron Phillips
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A scientist and a youth look closely at a specimen on a table next to a microscope.

The 2014 Ontario BioBlitz brought 500+ registrants together this past weekend to find and catalogue biodiversity in the Humber River watershed, and students from the Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) Program were there to capture the event from every angle.

Study explores evolution of flightless birds

Posted: May 16, 2014 - 11:58 , by admin
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Tinamous
Allan Baker and colleagues from Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research used genetic techniques to show that tinamous, small flying birds from Central and South America, evolved within the ratites group.

DNA confirms relationship between the giant flightless moa and the tinamous

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 12:46 , by Allan Baker
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One of the longest running debates in ornithology may finally  have an answer thanks to new ROM research published in science journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Kissing the Cod!

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 09:37 , by Aaron Phillips
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A close up shot of the blue whales baleen.

Environmental communicator Jacqueline Waters shares more of her experience on the ground with the ROM team working to recover a blue whale carcass in NL.

My first day in Trout River, Newfoundland: ROM biologists arrive, town is curious

Posted: May 7, 2014 - 09:04 , by Jacqueline Waters
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A blue whale carcass lies upside down in the water near a rocky shoreline.

Jacqueline Waters shares her impressions from Day 1 of the ROM's efforts to recover a Blue whale specimen near Trout River, NL.

Rhinoceros Reminder that Conservation Requires Continued Commitment

Posted: May 2, 2014 - 16:00 , by Aaron Phillips
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A large make Southern white rhino dominates the entrance to the ROM's biodiversity gallery

A surge in the poaching of Southern White Rhinoceros made the ROM reconsider the presentation of our iconic specimen.

ROM Ideas: Biodiversity

Posted: April 28, 2014 - 13:34 , by Amanda Girgis

This free two-day event  (May 3rd & 4th) highlights the latest global discoveries and ongoing research within each of our eight Centres of Discovery, delivered in TED x-style 12-15 minute talks. Check out this sneak peak from the Center of Biodiversity.
 

Earth Day at the ROM: Saving the Fastest Birds in the World!

Posted: April 25, 2014 - 14:58 , by Aaron Phillips
A young boy carefully pets the back of a hooded Peregrine falcon

Neighborhood students join the ROM and special guests in learning about the conservation of birds of prey.