Biodiversity

Monthly Archive: December Biod

Birds in your Backyard, by guest and ROM Biodiversity friend Jill Cooper

Posted: March 26, 2013 - 09:57 , by Dave Ireland
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Simon Jackson, Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and his fiancee Jill Cooper are big supporters of ROM Biodiversity...

A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck, Ornithology Technician, ROM Biodiversity

Posted: March 22, 2013 - 15:43 , by Dave Ireland
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A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck

Every year, thousands of migrating birds encounter urban environments on their way to breeding or feeding grounds.  Birds mistake the reflection in buildings for habitat during the day, and are attracted to light at night - both situations cause an estimated 1 million bird deaths per year in Toronto alone.  

Bring on the Welcoming Committee: Doni the Komodo Dragon is Here

Posted: March 20, 2013 - 16:24 , by Nicole Richards
A close-up of the Komodo Dragon in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

It's taken over a year to get this specimen ready, but the newest addition for the Schad Gallery was worth the wait.

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step 3: Cleaning and Articulating the Bones

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 16:32 , by Nicole Richards
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A volunteer cleans the remaining tissue from the Komodo Dragon skull

The final stages of preparing Doni, the Komodo Dragon for display

The ROM changed my life - it's in my DNA.

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 20:45 , by Dave Ireland
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Oliver and Christine in the lab, checking out the DNA of some flightless bird, maybe a Moa.

My name is Christine Black, and I'm a grade 12 student at St. Clement's high school in Toronto.  Thanks to Oliver and Kristen, I now love DNA.

ROM Research Colloquium: Santiago Sanchez-Ramirez

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 16:33 , by Ryan Dodge
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Santiago Sanchez-Ramirez in the field

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step Two: To the Bug Cave! I mean, Bug ROOM

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 15:31 , by Nicole Richards
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A close-up of the Komodo Dragon head before preparation of the speciman began

Viewer discretion advised. Images depict a Komodo Dragon being dissected as it is prepared for the ROM's collections. Some images may be shocking.

Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature Announcement

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 11:40 , by Wendy Vincent
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On Monday afternoon, on behalf of the ROM, Janet Carding was pleased to welcome The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources, for the announcement of Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature, the Ontario government’s new biodiversity plan. 

A National Symposium on Our Blue Planet

Posted: November 13, 2012 - 16:24 , by Dave Ireland
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Canada's Ocean's & You

Oceans.  Canada borders three of them – we have more coastline than any country in the world, some 200,000km.  Canadian scientists study all of them – from south-east Asia to the Cape of Good Hope to our own watery borders. The ROM’s own curator Dr. Claire Healy has discovered whole orders of ocean animals, and continues to break new ground (or water) every day. Other Canadian scientists like Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Science) and Dr.

Curator's Corner - featuring ROM entomologist Dr. Chris Darling

Posted: October 23, 2012 - 14:25 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Dr. Chris Darling brings out some cool insects. As well, from Out of the Vaults: the Bronze Beetles of George Foster will be on display.