First, in some places today a jittery, cranky, prognosticating rodent will make a prediction about the rest of the winter and break hearts of those wanting an early spring. Here in Canada we'll get at least six more weeks of winter regardless. Preferably more.
Second, my longtime readers will be familiar with Winterlude. With Covid being as it is, the festival is virtual only this year, so there won't be shots of ice sculptures or other things, more's the pity. The Rideau Canal skateway is open, however, so expect some of that down the line.
Returning today to the Museum of Nature, the next gallery is the Mammal Gallery, featuring dioramas, displays, and panels about Canadian mammals.One of the first things one sees upon entry is an area that looks like the far north, with an Arctic fox lurking.
Close by is a polar bear, out to make a meal of a seal.
This is the first of the panels.
Several large dioramas feature a specific species or two, with a reconstructed foreground and a painted mural in the background that gives the diorama great depth. This first case features a family of beavers. Panels at the base give information.
This panel looks at adaptations mammals use for camouflage.