This Week in History - Season 8 Episode 7: Protecting Our Collections
Even after a specimen arrives safely at the Royal BC Museum, there are a number of threats that can harm it: ultraviolet light, incorrect relative humidity, incorrect temperature, disassociation—just to name a few. Luckily, highly skilled preservation specialists like Katie McEvoy catch and prevent these threats from harming the many sensitive objects in our collections.
Gray Whale Update
In 2015, the body of a nine-metre long gray whale washed up on the coast of Vancouver Island. Three years later, the whale's skeleton came into the museum's collection after a stint in a landfill site near Tofino. Gavin Hanke, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, explains why the skeleton spent time at the landfill site and how it has been catalogued to be made available to researchers across the world. From This Week in History Season 7 Episode 16.
The Loss of Southern Orca Resident J-32
Some of the most magnificent specimens in the Royal BC Museum’s collections are the skeletons of orcas that have died along our coastline. Curator of Vertebrates Dr. Gavin Hanke tells the story of southern orca resident J-32, nicknamed “Rhapsody”, and her calf. From This Week in History Season 6 Episode 5.
The Hoary Marmot
The Hoary Marmot, also known as "The Whistler", is commonplace in parts of BC. The species is, in fact, what gave Whistler Mountain its name. The Hoary Marmot skull in the Royal BC Museum collection, though, is most decidedly uncommon. From This Week in History Season 3 Episode 25.
Locked Moose Antlers
Watch Birds and Mammals Collections Manager, Lesley Kennes unravel the mystery of these entwined moose (Alces alces) antlers.
Credit: BC is Awesome
Specimens in the Natural History collection of the Royal BC Museum are like a biological time capsule, preserving DNA and tissue for future scientific research. On April 20, 2015, a nine metre Gray Whale washed ashore in Tofino. This is the story of how its carcass was prepared so that its skeleton could be added to the vertebrate collection, which includes most species of whale found in BC's waters. From This Week in History Season 4 Episode 4.
Past Mammalogy Preparator Manager, Nick Panter, reveals what a mammalogy preparator does in the Department of Mammalogy section of our online exhibit Behind the Scenes. Move your mouse around the page until you find the Department of Mammalogy (with the moving squirrel). To find Nick, click on Meet the Staff.
Meet staff, learn about research, try some fun and games and explore the mammalogy collection in this online exhibit. Move your mouse around the page until you find the Department of Mammalogy (with the moving squirrel).