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  • Image credit: Rob Shearer.While most geese migrate between breeding grounds in the north and their more southerly wintering grounds, about3.4 million remain in one location throughout the year. The most abundant species of goose in North America, the Canadagoose, primarily breeds in Canada and Alask…
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  • Late September in the Rockies is always beautiful with that crispness to the air and brilliant colors as the aspen change. Last week, curator of mammals, Dr. John Demboski took advantage of the season and headed out to the Snowy Range in Wyoming to conduct some small mammal fieldwork. He was accompa…
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  • Data associated with museum specimens is found on tags, in handwritten catalogs and field notes, and increasingly, in relational databases.  These databases let us to manage our collections, track use, map our specimens, add associated images and publications, and publish our holdings to larger data…
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  • Kayce Bell was informed recently by National Science Foundation that she will be getting a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, the only proposal to receive a perfect score. Her project is "Elucidating Evolutionary Histories of Chipmunks and their Parasites". Kayce is a former DMNS …
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  • Leaving for Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay October 20 for 4 days of polar bears.  Hopefully we'll see some other wildlife like arctic hares and foxes.  I'll post pics when I get back.
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  • The USGS issued a press release around our new shrew paper published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.   Here's the link to the release: "Shrews in the News - Rapid Evolution of Shrews in Response to Climate Change"   and here: "Shrews Rapidly Evolving in Re…
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  • Was out this past week and a half with students in the Bridger (Green River) Basin of southwestern Wyoming. Highschool Teen Science Scholars, undergraduate students, other scientists, DMNS volunteers, and a few dogs.  The Green River Basin is a treasure trove of Eocene critters that lived…
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  • The redhead duck egg clutch we saw in the last installment of "The Egg Craters" is shown above.  Zoology department volunteer Alika Brooks designed and fabricated this hand-made "egg crate" to properly house the 36 eggs in this set. The box is made from acid-free cardboard and the eggs are resting …
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