Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mammals

The Mammal Gallery focuses on North American wildlife, particularly in terms of what we find in Canada. Most of them are set up in large displays simulating the environment the animals come from, complete with back walls that are painted to suggest a distant landscape. We start with polar bears, an Arctic fox, and Arctic hares.


This display features beavers.


While this features a mountain lion and her cubs.


One of the more unusual displays is a camera that operates on thermal vision- in this case it shows a mother and child who were in camera range. 

33 comments:

  1. Great display of mammals in the Gallery.

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  2. Interesting stuff to look around there.

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  3. Excellent displays William, you could have fun with that thermal camera thingy :)

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  4. I was just watching a special about beavers on PBS last night.

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  5. I would have enjoyed the thermal camera.
    Beavers have been very busy eating around trees outside a cottage I visited.Strong teeth!

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  6. @Nancy: indeed.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Marianne: and a lot of it.

    @Grace: many people do!

    @Revrunner: they are formidable critters.

    @Gunn: they really manage to create an ecosystem.


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  7. A favorite part of any museum for me.
    MB

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  8. Great, William, specially the first four displays are beautiful.

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  9. way cool, therma camera, that's even cooler!!! ( ;

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  10. Great displays on the animals and the thermal camera is an excellent idea..

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  11. I've seen three out of four of these mammals in their native habitat. I've never seen a cougar and yet we have them in Alberta.

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  12. @MB: this place has done a good job with this gallery.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Beth: I'm reminded of the thermal vision the big bads have in the Predator movies.

    @Norma: and more to come!

    @Geoff: I quite agree.

    @Sharon: they are presented well.

    @Red: I've seen beavers from time to time, though if they're in the water they're hard to photograph!

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  13. I love museums of all kinds. This one kind of reminds me of the museum in the St. Louis Arch.

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  14. I think that's the part I'd enjoy most. Hopefully polar bears will still be around for a while. The thermal thingy is cool!

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  15. That's an interesting camera!

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  16. Well done exhibits, William!

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  17. Love how the landscapes where the animals are found are so beautifully replicated. A stunning exhibit.

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  18. @Linda: I'd love to see that museum someday.

    @Linda: I quite agree.

    @Ciel: it's an enjoyable part of the museum.

    @Marleen: it becomes quite interactive once people see themselves like that.

    @RedPat: I agree!

    @Gemma: and more of that tomorrow.

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  19. That heat sensing camera is very cool. Enjoyed your animal displays also.

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  20. Great shots, but I am curious as the mountain lions I've seen here in the states did not have the spots I'm seeing on this one. Is it unique to Canada or are my eyes playing tricks.

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  21. @Denise: thanks!

    @Tex: I thought so.

    @Mari: it might be the lighting in the display as far as the mama's concerned that might make it look that way.

    @Lois: oh yes.

    @Janey: and more to come.

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  22. Great photos, but,wish they were alive.
    Janis
    GDP

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  23. All photos of animals I'd really like to see in the wild.

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  24. I like the real thing but am not likely to live long enough in this life to make it so this is as good as it gets.

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  25. Another lovely show and tell. Excellent!

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