Environment Canada

Environment Canada

January 28, 2010 10:31 ET

New Exhibition at the Biosphere Explores the Hidden Side of Canada's Waterscapes

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - A new exhibition revealing the biodiversity, complexity and splendour of Canada's aquatic ecosystems is sure to make a splash. Canada's Waterscapes-Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect opens on February 2, 2010, at the Biosphere.

Plunge into the study of estuaries, lakes, rivers, oceans and wetlands, and discover the teeming life that depends on these habitats. Each section showcases a specific region of Canada.

Come and marvel at the abundance of marine life in the St. Lawrence estuary. The diverse species range from 9 types of whales to creatures living 350 m below the surface! Meet invertebrates capable of bringing decades-old buried pollutants back into circulation. Learn about invasive predatory species and find out why wetlands are aquatic treasures sheltering remarkable specimens. As part of the interactive hands-on activities, create a frog chorus or your very own ocean symphony.

Explore the work of numerous scientists, including Kathy Conlan from the Canadian Museum of Nature, who examines the effects of ice erosion on creatures living in the depths of the Arctic Ocean. A wealth of specimens, videos, photos, illustrations and maps round out the already abundant content of this exhibition.

Canada's Waterscapes emphasizes the ecological significance of our water bodies and wetlands, and stresses the need to protect them. The exhibition is produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with Parks Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, RBC and the Canadian Water Network, with support from Canadian Geographic.

Presented as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, Canada's Waterscapes will be on display at the Biosphere until April 30, 2010. The museum is located on Sainte-Helene Island in Montreal. During the winter months, the museum is closed on Mondays. Visit www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca for complete information on visiting hours and entrance fees.

The mandate of Environment Canada's Biosphere, as an environment museum, is to strengthen Canadians' involvement in environmental issues and spur them into action. Besides presenting special events and exhibits, the Biosphere develops numerous educational and outreach products for a diverse clientele across the country and is a renowned forum for environmental exchanges.

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