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Maurice Strong delivering the opening address at the symposium.

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Arctic Biodiversity Symposium

The entire programme of presentations and discussion is now online. You can select which ones to watch, or watch the entire day.

Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature


Finding fossils of Puijila in Canada's High Arctic.

Ed Hendrycks © Canadian Museum of Nature


Chlorophyll analysis on the Rideau River.

Arctic Biodiversity Symposium

Climate change in the Arctic, selected results from International Polar Year research, and emerging tools-all were topics for discussion at this research and policy symposium on Arctic biodiversity. Held on November 18-19, 2010, the event was part of the museum's commitment to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Puijila: A Prehistoric Walking Seal

The evolutionary story of seals is rewritten by a new fossil from Canada's High Arctic. The story of the find, the fossil, and the research is complemented by 3D interactive models, photos and illustrations, video and more.

International Polar Year

This international programme of coordinated scientific research and observations focussed on the polar regions. The museum participated through scientific research projects, and through public programmes such as a lecture series, podcasts of the lectures, and youth forums.

Frenchman River Biodiversity Project

How can we keep the Frenchman River healthy? This question brought biologists, social scientists and residents of southwest Saskatchewan together. They studied the river, looking at such aspects as its health, impacts of local activities, biodiversity, and even the different points of view of the residents about it.

Rideau River Biodiversity Project

A detailed portrait of the Rideau River in Ontario was painted by this comprehensive study. Aimed at a general audience, the web site showcases the animals and plants of the river, publishes research results, offers tips on how to get into action to protect biodiversity, and more. A guide for teachers complements the information and the wealth of photos and videos.