Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In Flight

The last time I visited the Museum of Nature for a tour I showed back in April, the Bird Gallery had been closed, as it was in the process of being moved down one level. It was open again when I visited on Canada Day. There are displays of birds through the Gallery, with a concentration on Canadian birds. Some of these are displayed by themes such as size, feathers, or common characteristics. There are also interactive exhibits- how much you might weigh in hummingbirds, for instance, or how a bird's vision works. I have more from here over the next two days.

34 comments:

  1. Awesome! Love the bird series, William! :)

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  2. It seems like a good shows of birds.

    Tomás.

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  3. It fascinates me to see them stuffed like that but I would rather see them in the wild. I always feel sad for them

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  4. It is always a bit creepy to me those stuffed animals, but you get a good look at them anyway.

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  5. I agree with Bill and Bieb; however, I also remember back in the day when theses specimens were so important to studying the species. I'll bet you learned a lot at this exhibit. They are always informative.

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. back from West VA ... we went camping and hiking. back to commenting. love birdies. neat-o!! ( :

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  7. @Linda: thanks!

    @Tomas: it was.

    @Bill: me too.

    @Marianne: you do.

    @Janis: it is quite educational.

    @Beth: thanks!

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  8. Now we've seen the flora and the fauna!

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  9. What a fine collection of our avian friends. Thanks for sharing this. I would enjoy seeing the museum in person.

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  10. It's a nice opportunity to see them up close.

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  11. I also would enjoy to see the museum in person...

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  12. Since I'm a birder, I would enjoy a visit to this section of the museum.

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  13. The interactive exhibits sound fun William, I'd love to know how much I weigh in hummingbirds 😃

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  14. @Halcyon: indeed!

    @Lowell: it is quite a museum to visit, though I prefer more quiet times! It was full of kids on Canada Day, and since I don't particularly like kids, that made it a challenge.

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @Karl: it's well worth the visit.

    @Red: I tend to be hopeless identifying a lot of birds.

    @Grace: I've done it, but I can't recall the numbers.

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  15. So many different types of birds....

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  16. It would be interesting to visit the bird gallery.

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  17. i wonder how they end up in the museum? does someone go out and hunt for each specific bird?

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  18. It would be interesting to see how they differ in sizes

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  19. It would definitely be interesting!

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  20. It some ways, this would be a far better way to see these birds than at a zoo. You can get up close and they aren't living creatures in a cage.

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  21. It would be interesting to see the birds up close.

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  22. The museum give a great opportunity to look at all the birds in detail, wonderful.
    Spoken about birds ... this week I read a article about a bird (I think it was a knot), that flew from Canada to Fryslân non stop. That's about 4.000 km ... isn't that a great performance!? :-)

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  23. @Sharon: there are a great many types in this country, at least at some points of the year.

    @Nancy: I've always enjoyed visits.

    @Tanya: I imagine they've been slowly amassed over time. I know the Museum has an annex over in Gatineau where a lot of the curatorial work goes on, and once these things have been taxidermied, that's the hard work.

    @Cloudia: it does have that effect.

    @Janey: some birds get to a considerable size.

    @RedPat: I think it's quite an informative space.

    @Hilary: that's true. You get to really see detail.

    @Tex: it is.

    @Bill: I've always thought so.

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  24. Why am I suddenly feeling stuffed? :-)

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  25. Very nice. We have a lady and a man in our town who do this with the larger animals. I think they call them Taxidermist or Taxidermy?
    They also do it with large fish and you them mount them on form so you can say. I caught that pike or Muskie or the name of your Catch for the day. The huge fish.

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  26. This looks like a great display. My picture-taking has increased my interest in birds (as did EG Camera Girl).

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  27. A lot of birds overthere. I think it's great the birds can be seen from close in detail in that museum.
    Spoken about birds ... Yesterday I read an article about a bird (I think it was a knot) that flew non stop from Canada to the Netherlands. Isnt't that a great performance!?

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  28. Birds! One of my favorite topics! Not a fan of taxidermy, though.

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  29. I think that I would spend hours in this place!

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  30. Wish I were still teaching (not). This would be a fun exhibit!

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