32/150: Put a spring in your step and celebrate frogs with us!

Animalia: Chordata: Amphibia: Anura: Ranidae: Rana: Rana sylvatica LeConte, 1825

It’s officially the first day of spring (finally!) and it also happens to be World Frog Day! Check out this cool infographic about frogs made by the National Aquarium in Baltimore to learn more about these cool creatures. Continue reading “32/150: Put a spring in your step and celebrate frogs with us!”

28/150: Vampires of the Sea (and your worst nightmare)

Chordata: Cephalaspidomorphi: Petromyzontiformes: Petromyzontidae: Petromyzon: Petromyzon marinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Sea Lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) look like eels but don’t be fooled! They are jawless and have concentric circles of teeth in their horrifying, suction-cup like mouth. They are a predatory species and they attach on to the side of a fish, tear away its skin, and suck out its blood. Continue reading “28/150: Vampires of the Sea (and your worst nightmare)”

3/150: I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice – Wolverine, 1982

Animalia: Chordata: Mammalia: Carnivora: Gulo: Gulo gulo (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Wolverine (Gulo gulo) is an elusive and savage species. Across their Holarctic distribution, wolverines establish large home ranges (100-900 km2) and are found at low densities (one animal per 40-800 km2). Check out this rare footage of a baby wolverine in the wildContinue reading “3/150: I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice – Wolverine, 1982”

Beetles, Bees, and… Beef?

Back in October, BIO sent out teams to three different museums to collect specimens.  Both Connor and Angela have already outlined the details of their trips, so now it’s my turn! Valerie Levesque-Beaudin and I drove up to Montreal (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue specifically) to visit the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Continue reading “Beetles, Bees, and… Beef?”