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Our Darling Dermestids - A Visit to the ROM's Bug Room

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 22:22 , by Stacey Kerr
A photo of the sign posted outside the door of the ROM's dermestid beetle colony quotes Dante's Inferno, "Abandon all hope ye who enter here"

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Robert Elliot

How does the Royal Ontario Museum get their Skeletons so clean without compromising their integrity? A well-kept colony of hide beetles cleans every crevice of the various cadavers in the ROM’s bug room with incredible efficiency. A steel walled, dark humid room filled with corpses; a veritable beetle heaven is home to these hard working bugs. Follow EVC student ROM into their domain to get a unique perspective on the ROM.

BioBlitz Bits - Elusive At-Risk Birds

Posted: June 11, 2015 - 19:20 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM scientist Kevin Seymour looks at a map with the bird team at the 2012 Ontario BioBlitz in Rouge park, deciding where the team will survey

Blog by ROM Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology Kevin Seymour

This is the fourth installment of our "BioBlitz Bits" Series - ROM scientists share their favourite stories from past Ontario BioBlitz events

BioBlitz Bits - A Tale of Two Bugs

Posted: June 4, 2015 - 21:14 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM scientist Antonia Guidotti lifts a jar up to a white sheet lit by a blacklight to collect insects attracted to the sheet during the 2012 Ontario Bioblitz

Blog by ROM Entomology Technician Antonia Guidotti

This is the third installment of our "BioBlitz Bits" Series - ROM scientists share their favourite stories from past Ontario BioBlitz events

BioBlitz Bits - Fungi Findings

Posted: May 29, 2015 - 20:27 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM scientist Jean-Marc Moncalvo gestures to a young boy to explain something about fungi during a guided bioblitz hike through the forest during the 2014 Ontario BioBlitz

Blog by ROM Senior Curator of Mycology, Jean-Marc Moncalvo

This is the second installment of our "BioBlitz Bits" Series - ROM scientists share their favourite stories from past Ontario BioBlitz events

BioBlitz Bits - Night of the Newts and Salamanders

Posted: May 22, 2015 - 21:57 , by Stacey Kerr
A forest scene at night lit only by headlamps from the ontario bioblitz teams as they survey in the dark

Blog by ROM Herpetology Technician Amy Lathrop

This is the first of our "BioBlitz Bits" Series - ROM scientists share their favourite stories from past Ontario BioBlitz events

 

"Of Angling, and the Art thereof": Fish Tails and Fish Tales

Posted: April 15, 2015 - 13:55 , by Sarah Schell
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“Of Angling, and the Art thereof I sing,

What kinde of Tooles it doth behoue to haue;

Blue Whale Update

Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:20 , by Sarah Horsfall
Three men working next to a shipping container that contains the Blue Whale bones and manure.

Blue Whale Update

 

Finding a Safe Passageway Across the 401

Posted: January 26, 2015 - 15:55 , by Aaron Phillips
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Two small, striped snakes touch snouts while wound about a person's hand.

Ecologists working together to ensure the safety of wildlife along some of Canada's busiest highway.

ROM Photographer of the Year 2014: Recap

Posted: January 20, 2015 - 15:34 , by Aaron Phillips
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A group of antelope gather on a grassy plain.

A look back at the top photos from our 2014, in-house photography contest!

Sustainable development in the Caribbean: beer and biology

Posted: January 16, 2015 - 15:20 , by Aaron Phillips
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A man & a woman in bathing suits pose on a small catamaran on a sun-lit, white sand beach

Dr. Burton Lim and colleagues are off to study bats and other island mammals in the sun!