August 2015

Monthly Archive: August 2015

August Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Meteorite ID Clinic

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:54 , by royal
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Plesiosaur vertbra

The ROM's August ID clinic had a steady flow of visitors up to the museum closing at 5:30pm.

Museum Monday with Melissa

Posted: August 26, 2015 - 12:35 , by ROM
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Museum Monday with Melissa logo

With summer ending soon, it is something you’ll want to cherish before it is gone.  There is still much to warm up with at the Royal Ontario Museum this week. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex


Take a ROM walk through Cabbagetown North this Wednesday. Just look for the purple ROMwalks Umbrella at the Northeast corner of Parliament and Winchester Streets at 6pm. 

#ROMSriLanka Kicks off Month-long Expedition

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 12:47 , by ROM
photo of a an elephant standing in a wetland in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka with jungle and a mountain in the background

Guest blog written by #ROMSriLanka Communication team member Deirdre Leowinata

The ROM’s own Assistant Curator of Mammalogy, Burton Lim, along with his ROM Biodiversity team, are traversing the planet’s surface to reach the small and mysterious country of Sri Lanka between August and September for one purpose and one purpose only… to study the island's small mammals.

Weeks 2 & 3 of #ROMmeme

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 11:37 , by ROM
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We are absolutely LOVING all the memes you guys are sending in for #ROMmeme. It's a beautiful mixture of pop culture references, natural history and ancient world cultures. The perfect trifecta, really.

Here's a selection from the last two weeks featuring many a reference to Mean Girls and, of course, cats. 

Rom meme. 17th century Japanese print of three women. Caption: Straight Outta 17th century Japan.


When the BioBlitz Turns into a Treasure Hunt

Posted: August 14, 2015 - 14:10 , by ROM
Children listen to a guided blitz leader explain some interesting facts about plants and amphibians.

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Anne-Sophie Blanc

The Bioblitz experience is educatiional and fun, but for kids it's even more than that, it's a real treasure hunt!

#ROMmeme Week 1: Prairie Dogs

Posted: August 7, 2015 - 13:54 , by ROM
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ROMmeme prairie dogs. Caption: Alan! Alan! Alan! Steve!

Thank you for submitting your hilarious takes on the prairie dogs meme. We essentially spent the entire week laughing at the entries below.

We'll share next week's image on Monday, so stay tuned!

BioBlitz Bits: The Bat Pack at Baker's Woods

Posted: August 7, 2015 - 11:20 , by ROM
Burton Lim untangles a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) from a mist net during the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz. Photo by Samantha Phillips

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Kendra Marjerrison

EVC student Kendra revisits the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz to share a newfound appreciation for bats after spending an evening with ROM scientist Burton Lim during his guided blitz bat hike

"Pseudo-Nature" and Photographic Integrity

Posted: August 3, 2015 - 17:11 , by ROM
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A gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) sits on a tree branch at night. Photo by Sean de Francia

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Sean de Francia

A look into the ever-changing world of wildlife photography - would you stage a photo to get that perfect shot? What are the consequences of manipulating a scene with wild photo subjects?