May 29: Montreal Museums Day
10h - 16h
Outdoor activity: Make a fossil replica
In the Museum (at 11h, 12h & 13h, in the Dawson Gallery): Dinosaurs of Canada with La Société de Paléontologie du Québec.
Museums Day will also feature a small exhibit in the entrance area that highlights a few campaigns organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, including the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), the International Day for Biodiversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (a Protocol aiming to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have negative effects on biological diversity) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (a Protocol aiming at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way).
August 21: Archeology Dig
Learn how archeologists survey, excavate and restore archeological finds! Join us for an archeological ‘dig’ around the museum and a “pot restoration” workshop. Bring your own digging tools like garden trowels and hand hoes. Bilingual.
$8/child or $15 maximum/family. Reservations: 514-398-4094.
IMAGE: Poshuange potsherds from American southwest. Wikipedia Commons.
Nov. 6, 15h
Special presentation on Seahorses!
by Dr. Sara Lourie, Redpath Museum Associate and Honorary Curator.
PHOTO: Sara Lourie, a research associate at the Redpath Museum, examines specimens of new species of pygmy seahorse—the world's smallest known seahorse - in Indonesia.
Dr. Lourie is an active partner of Project Seahorse, an international collaboration of biologists, social workers, and other practitioners whose mission is to conserve seahorses and the habitats in which they live while respecting the needs of the humans who depend on them. Seahorses have been used for human purposes for centuries. During fieldwork for her doctoral thesis, Lourie learned that seahorses are common in remedies for respiratory and urinary ailments. They are tied to small fishing boats or hung on walls as good luck charms. Seahorses are also an alleged aphrodisiac. Like many other species, seahorses are in need of protection. However, seahorses are collected in very large numbers, and are declining in number around the world. This is partly because of direct capture for human use, but primarily because they end up as by-catch in commercial ships trawling for fish.
"Seahorses are just one charismatic example of many species damaged in the commercial fishing process," says Lourie. "Ecoregions ought to be recognized by all countries, so that endangered fish populations can be adequately protected, even where they roam across political boundaries."
Meet Dr. Lourie and learn about seahorse conservation. FREE, everyone welcome. IN English.
February 27: Nuit blanche à Montréal flashlight tours, 19h - 24h. 1328 people attended.