Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

March 24, 2005 11:30 ET

Full Story of Little-Known Arctic Mammal-The Arctic Hare-Now Online at the Canadian Museum of Nature


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MARCH 24, 2005 - 11:30 ET

Full Story of Little-Known Arctic Mammal-The Arctic
Hare-Now Online at the Canadian Museum of Nature

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2005) - A unique Web site,
Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare, was launched today on nature.ca, the Web site
of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Visitors to nature.ca/ukaliq will be
able to explore the fascinating world of one of Canada's least-known
Arctic mammals.

Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare is the first Web site to present a comprehensive
picture of the Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), and it includes original
unpublished research. The site has games, activities, hundreds of
photographs, video clips, 3D images and lesson plans. Beautiful
illustrations explain and depict the changing seasons and enduring land
forms. Visitors will be able to follow in the footsteps of Arctic
biologist Dr. David Gray as he studies the ecology and behaviour of
Arctic hares, from the 'midnight madness' of the hares' breeding season
to their nursing and winter survival strategies.

The rich history, heritage, art and traditions of the Inuit and others
are showcased, revealing new aspects of the story of the Arctic hare and
telling of the relationship of Northern peoples to Arctic hares in the
distant past as well as today.

There is something in Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare for everyone, and the full
package is a valuable resource for teachers, students and researchers.

Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare was produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature
with the support of the Canadian Heritage Information Network for the
Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC). The Virtual Museum of Canada, which was
created by the Department of Canadian Heritage in collaboration with
more than 1000 museums across the country, is an important element of
the Government of Canada's strategy to produce and promote Canadian
cultural content online. This is the third project jointly undertaken by
the Canadian Museum of Nature and other museum partners with the support
of the VMC. Butterflies: North and South and Dig This: The Cretaceous
Period can be seen at www.virtualmuseum.ca.

nature.ca is the fully bilingual and award-winning Web site of the
Canadian Museum of Nature. It is one of the Museum's primary means of
serving the natural history information needs of Canadians across the
country. With more than 4.4 million users last year and with new
features such as Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare, nature.ca continues to grow in
popularity and usefulness to educators and nature-lovers everywhere.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    Laura Sutin
    Media Relations/Communications Officer
    (613) 566-4793
    1-800-263-4433
    lsutin@mus-nature.ca