Author Archive: Nicole Richards

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What exactly is a LOT?

Posted: November 1, 2014 - 11:31 , by Nicole Richards
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Several fish in a jar

In the past 100 years, the Ichthyology section at the ROM has amassed over one million fish specimens from around the world in one of the largest fish collections in North America. These specimens are preserved, sorted into LOTS, identified, catalogued and shelved like books in a library.

Explorers' Club kids get a sneak peak at the newest Animal Explorer

Posted: May 8, 2013 - 17:07 , by Nicole Richards
A Komodo Dragon Toy on a staircase railing at the ROM

Submitted by Courtney Murfin, Interpretive Planner and Explorers' Club Co-chair

Conservator in the House – In-situ Conservation of the “Tree Cookie”

Posted: May 8, 2013 - 09:21 , by Nicole Richards
Heidi Sobol conducting conservation work with Tree Cookie

Find out what Heidi Sobol, Senior Conservator of Paintings is up to in the Schad Gallery!

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

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.

Pronghorns and Prickly Pears and Bison…oh my! Thoughts on Grasslands National Park

Posted: September 11, 2012 - 17:48 , by Nicole Richards

Submitted by Alexander Muth, winner of the Find the Baby Bison Contest

Alexander loving the view from the top of 70 mile Butte

We’re back.  We all had a great trip out west. It’s hard to pick out highlights, as it all seems like highlights to me.

Go West Young Man, and take a ROM Employee with you

Posted: September 6, 2012 - 10:47 , by Nicole Richards

I’ve just come back from Grasslands National Park with the Grand Prize Winner of the Find the Baby Bison contest, Alexander Muth. I’m the lucky ROM employee chosen to accompany him and his family on the trip (actually no luck involved at all, it was an arm wrestling competition and I’m stronger than I look).

I found the Baby Bison and now I’m on my way to Grasslands National Park

Posted: August 24, 2012 - 15:55 , by Nicole Richards

By Alexander Muth, winner of the Find the Baby Bison Contest

Alexander Muth, Family, and ROM Staff. Winner of the Find the Baby Bison Contest ceremony

Alexander with brothers Isaac and Leonard. The boys won't see this bird in Grasslands National Park but they did get to see lots of amazing things in their behind-the-scenes tour of the ROM.