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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wandering in the Whiteshell

Ah it’s a beautiful day here in Whiteshell Provincial Park.  It’s warm and sunny; perfect weather for lying on the beach. Unfortunately that’s not what I did today because I am not here on vacation: I am working. After a quick breakfast I was on a hiking trail near Falcon Lake, where no botanist (at least to my knowledge) has gone before. What was I doing? After putting on my…

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Size of the BP oil disaster

Imagine taknig the BP oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in North American history (beating out the Exxon Valdez and Three Mile Island, for crynig out loud!) , and sticking it right here in Winnipeg, at Portage and Main. How far would it stretch? To Polo Park? Headingly? Guess again. http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/#loc=Winnipeg%2C%2BMB%2C%2BCanada&lat=49.88&lng=-97.17&x=-97.17&y=49.88&z=7

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Historical Event in Cross Lake

I recently returned from the community of Cross Lake with a great experience I want to share. We experimented with cooking a meal inside a replica clay pot over a campfire. It wasn’t until we were cooking that we realized that it has probably been over 300 years since a meal was cooked inside a clay pot in northern Manitoba. The pot was made by Grant Goltz (Minnesota) copying one…

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Botanical black holes

Next week I will be going out to Whiteshell Provincial Park to do some collecting. Why you might ask? I’m trying to fill in Manitoba’s botanical black holes.

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Scientific Hero Worship

Attending conferences can provide scientists with wonderful opportunities to network, develop new insights into natural phenomenon, refine research, and initiate new partnerships. As a Museum professional I also get to visit Museums and develop ideas for new exhibits and programs at my own institution. On the lighter side, scientists also share a few drinks, commiserate with each other (I had my funding cut too!), meet old friends, exchange field stories…

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Collections in crisis

Last week I attended the Canadian Botanical Association/Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections joint conference in our nation’s capitol. I was able to meet Curators and Collection Managers from Museums all over the world, as well as attend a tour of the collections facilities at the Agriculture Canada Central Experimental Farm and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

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