Sunday, January 31, 2021
Here we have a couple more of the display cases with a variety of birds of different sizes.
These are across the aisle from one large display case. While Canada doesn't have an official national bird, each province and territory does have one, and they are grouped together in this case. First we have the gyrfalcon of the Northwest Territories and the black-capped chickadee of New Brunswick.
Next is the Steller's jay of British Columbia and the great horned owl of Alberta.
Saskatchewan has the sharp-tailed grouse, while the Yukon chose the common raven.
At left is the rock ptarmigan of Nunavut and at right is the common loon of Ontario.
Here we have the osprey of Nova Scotia and the snowy owl of Quebec.
At left is the Atlantic puffin of Newfoundland and Labrador. Manitoba is represented by the great grey owl. And at right is the blue jay, the official bird of Prince Edward Island.
One last shot from the bird gallery: this display case all in one view.
The entrance area leading into the bird gallery features a number of live insects, arachnids, and other creepy crawlies. A display case includes a number of butterfly specimens, seen here. We'll be back to the Museum of Nature after the theme day.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
More of the display cases here focus on bird behaviour.
Nearby was another video screen with bird footage.
More display cases include Canadian birds, some of which might not ever be around each other in the wild.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Picking up where we left off yesterday, here are some of the birds in the display case about birdsong.
This panel beside the case explains how birds make sounds.
Nearby, a video screen shows birds in action.
Other cases look at bird behaviours such as nesting or preening.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
It has been noted in my comments that a gallery like this allows one to look at a bird in ways that can't be done in the wild. A little bird coming to your hand for seed on an open palm just doesn't stay still for long.
This case examines bird vision, as well as the ways birds blend in.
We'll pick up here tomorrow with this display case that focuses on bird vocalization.