Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

June 05, 2007 10:52 ET

Canadian Museum of Nature Board of Trustees to Meet in Edmonton, Alberta's Heritage Strongly Showcased in Museum Collections

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - Alberta's fossils have a major presence at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history. The Museum's numerous links with Alberta will be reinforced and celebrated as the Museum's Board of Trustees meets in Edmonton June 7 to 9.

The 95-year-old museum exhibits numerous spectacular dinosaurs from the Alberta Badlands in its new Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. And it boasts a striking walk-through scene with life-sized models depicting the Dinosaur Park Formation (southeast of Drumheller) roughly 70 million years ago.

"Alberta's natural heritage is prominently showcased in the Canadian Museum of Nature," says new Board member Harold Robinson who is a lawyer and the Executive Director for the Metis Settlements General Council in Edmonton. "I'm very pleased to be involved with the Museum of Nature and its national projects, and I'm proud to welcome my fellow Trustees to Alberta." Mr. Robinson is also an adjudicator with the Canadian Indian Residential School Claims Process. He joined the Canadian Museum of Nature's Board of Trustees in 2006.

The Canadian Museum of Nature's roots date back over 150 years to the early years of the Geological Survey of Canada. Many of the Museum's impressive fossils from Alberta were collected in the late 19th and early 20th century along the Red Deer River by the famous Sternberg family - the patriarch being Charles H. Sternberg. Edmontosaurus annectens, a "duck-billed" dinosaur, has been on view in the Museum since 1913 and is the first dinosaur ever to be mounted for public display in Canada. To date, the number of specimens of fossil vertebrates from Alberta is 3,243. The Canadian Museum of Nature's collections include approximately 24,000 catalogued specimens, representing the province's flora, fauna and minerals.

Two Alberta museums, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and Royal Alberta Museum, are fellow members with the CMN in the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. The Royal Tyrrell Museum was a major partner in the production of the Museum of Nature's travelling exhibition, Ice Age Mammals, currently on view at the Tyrrell for the summer months.

The Canadian Museum of Nature's Board is composed of 11 Trustees from across Canada. Says Chair Ken Armstrong, "The Canadian Museum of Nature's President and CEO, Joanne DiCosimo, and I are looking forward to our visit to Edmonton. The Province of Alberta has a diverse and remarkable natural history. We are working with our Alberta partners on a variety of initiatives related to environmental change, and we welcome this opportunity to meet."

While in Edmonton, Mr. Armstrong will also address delegates from across the country at the opening reception of the Canadian Association of Science Centres' annual conference at the Telus World of Science on June 7. The Canadian Museum of Nature is a proud member of the CASC and has timed this Board meeting to coincide with this important national conference.

A Crown corporation, the CMN was originally the National Museum of Canada and later the National Museum of Natural Sciences until the late 1980s when it became the Canadian Museum of Nature. Its Victoria Memorial Museum Building in downtown Ottawa is the public exhibition site while the majority of the collections are preserved in the Museum's Natural Heritage Building in Gatineau, Quebec.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Museum of Nature
    Dan Smythe
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    613-566-4781; 1 800-263-4433
    dsmythe@mus-nature.ca
    or
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    Laura Sutin
    Media Relations and Communications Officer
    613-566-4793; 1 800-263-4433
    lsutin@mus-nature.ca