Today a small group of RMC members and some animal-loving friends adventured east of campus to the Biodome! And what a time was had! Upon entering the strange structure that was the Olympic velodrome in 1976, we realized that we had not accounted for the crowds, and thus hopped in the long line after a quick energizing snack.
The first area we passed through mimicked a rainforest habitat, and we welcomed the moist air and warmer temperature. Some of the animals that we saw included the adorable Golden lion tamarin, Scarlet macaws, Military macaws, a Capybara, bats, two Callimicos (looked like the tamarins, but were black, and supposedly have a repertoire of 40 different vocalizations)! There were also three very sedentary Caïmans paying no mind to the tortoise wandering around their swimming pool. As we were about to enter another ‘ecosystem’, we were fortunate enough to spot the Two toed sloth high up in the tree tops, although it only looked like a furry lump from such a distance. It was still a small victory for our very sloth-loving group.
We moved onto the other exhibits, and saw a Beaver paddling about before he hopped ashore to nibble on a twig, as well as a Porcupine doing absolutely nothing in his tree. Also in this area were the three baby – although they have grown quite a bit since their June birth – Lynxes. We were able to see all three of them wake up from their naps, and give us a yawn, a blink, and then settle back down. The crowd was fawning over these little ones, and I must admit that I was emitting high-pitched squeals of joy every time one of them moved.
The last leg of the visit brought us to the Puffin and Penguin habitats. What adorable little creatures Puffins are, they sort of seem like bumbling little old men in the most wonderful of ways. The penguins were a huge attraction, especially for the younger children and the RMC’s VP Communications, Jane. At the Biodome, they house four different species, and it really is striking to see the differences in form and plumage! We were also wondering why a large portion of the Penguins seemed to be staring at the back wall of the enclosure with their backs to the audience…perhaps they were on a food strike?
When we were tired of watching the Penguins flit in and out of the water, we took our leave of the Biodome and returned to our respective abodes. All in all, it was a real treat to see all the animals (especially the sloth), and to discover that the Biodome is both easily accessible by metro and very inexpensive for a leisurely afternoon activity (talking to all the students out there)!
If you want to know what fun excursion the Redpath Museum Club will be going on next, make sure to request membership on our Facebook page!
If you are looking for a cinematic experience with a bit of political-environmental kick, join the Redpath Museum this month for two documentaries that train a critical eye on today’s ecological issues.
Both films are free of charge, and held in room 200 of the Redpath Museum.
February 9: Wiebo’s War (2011)
Big Oil calls convicted 1990s oilpatch saboteur Reverend Wiebo Ludwig an eco-terrorist and portrays him as a patriarchal cult leader. He calls himself a devout Christian driven to defend his Trickle Creek farm from the deadly effects of toxic sour gas wells. David York takes his camera into the heart of Ludwig’s Christian community to create a powerful film about two decades of conflict. Their footage of confrontations with gas workers and police, and its stark contrast with media reports, raises a critical issue: when politicians and police become sock puppets for private interests, is vigilante action justified?
February 16: Vanishing of the Bees (2010)
Colony Collapse Disorder has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, cherries, almonds and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. This documentary follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfull pollination contracts across the U.S. They plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
As the balmy days of spring and summer approach, pleasant thoughts about summer reading are beginning to flit into my mind. One thing that recently landed on my desk and has me very excited, is the Redpath Research Journal, Vol. 2. It is my great pleasure to be able to present the PDF version of the new Redpath Museum Research Journal here. Hopefully it will entertain and educate you as the lazy, hazy days of summer roll by!
Sunday, March 17 – 2pm
Photo: Vic Breedon
Presentation about an eight-week, 3500 kilometre bicycle journey along the fabled Silk Road from Istanbul to Samarkand. First traveling through Anatolian Turkey skirting the Black Sea, and then climbing the Caucasus Mountains for a meeting with Kurdish tribesman, this group arrived at the holiest city in Central Asia after camping along sea shores, mountain passes, amongst the ruins of ancient cities and in the centres of isolated villages. You will learn about their travels and how they interacted with local cultures along route. Free, everyone welcome, no reservation necessary. In the Redpath Auditorium.
We’re all a-buzz here at the Redpath Museum as our 3 mummies recently had their faces restored! Thanks to state-of-the art medical scanning technology, a team of anthropologists, engineers, and facial reconstruction artists were able to re-imagine what the mummies’ faces would have looked like. A full article explaining the process is linked below (in French). The reconstructed faces are on display in the Redpath Museum until mid-February.
Hello everybody and welcome back! In this first post of the new year I would simply like to introduce myself and the rest of the new Redpath Museum Club Execs.
My name is Linnea Osterberg and I am the incoming VP Communications. I’ll be the one updating this blog and posting on the RMC’s Facebook page so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have an event at the museum that you would like to promote!
Our goal as a new exec board is to continue the projects started by previous execs (e.g. the RMC journal, SSMU funding, and volunteer training). We are also looking forward to an exciting year with lots of great events, both at the Redpath Museum as well as at other museums around Montréal. Stay tuned for updates about the club and the museum – here’s to a great 2013!
Hi! My name is Jacquie and I am a U3 student studying chemistry and art history. I have always loved museums, and my hope is to one day become an art conservator. I love hearing the wacky stories behind the objects in Redpath Museum’s collection. I am so excited to get this year started and it’s setting up to be another great year for RMC!
Hey kids, I’m Pam, a U2 Anthropology and Geology student. Rocks and fossils have always fascinated me, and I’m hoping to play in the dirt to find cool artifacts our ancestors left behind in the near future. I give dinosaur tours on the weekends, so drop by!
VP Internal: Caty
Hey guys! My name is Caty, and I’m your new VP Internal. I’m a U2 student in Anthropology and World Religions at McGill. I can’t wait for another year of museum tours so I can continue re-enacting ancient tooth extractions in the World Cultures exhibit. It’s going to be a great year, and I’m excited to get to know some more museum enthusiasts!
VP External: Ioana
VP Finance: Sarah
This is Sarah’s first year at both McGill and the Redpath museum. She regularly lurks around the museum and enjoys masquerading as a viking while giving tours. Currently she’s thinking about majoring in geology in order to one day become a master geologist.
VP Communications: Linnea Osterberg
Hello, Hello! My name is Linnea and I am the new VP Communicataions! I am an Economics major with a double minor in both German Language and Earth and Planetary Science. I first fell in love with the Redpath Museum three years ago and haven’t been able to keep away since. I’m so excited for the upcoming year – look for blog posts and Facebook events for the museum!
Journal Editor(s): Kaela/TBD
Hi everybody! I’m Kaela, and I will be the Redpath Museum’s Research Journal Editor starting in the fall of 2013. I am a U3 Anthropology major, and like most would-be archaeologists, I have a deep-rooted love for museums. On weekends you can probably find me lingering around the museum’s human evolution display, scaring away visitors with rants about stone tool cultures. Feel free to come by and say hi, or get in touch if you want to find out more about the journal!
Bonjour et bienvenue à tous! Dans cette première communication de la nouvelle année, je tiens à vous présenter) vous présenter le nouveau conseil administratif. Je m’appelle Linnea et je suis la nouvelle VP de la communication. C’est moi qui vais écrire ce blog cette année et aussi la page Facebook. Si vous avez un événement dans le musée que vous voulez promouvoir, n’hésitez pas à me contacter.
Notre but en tant que nouveau conseil administratif est de continuer les projets des conseils administratifs précédents. Nous nous réjouissons d’une année magnifique avec beaucoup d’événements dans le Musée Redpath et autres musées de Montréal!