[August 7th, 2015] Day at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Parliament Hill

[August 7th, 2015] Day at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Parliament Hill

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Group: Round-headed Apple Borer

Location: Gatineau and Ottawa

Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada  

We set out at 8:15 am on a yellow school bus for our adventurous day. Our first stop today was at the Canadian Museum of Nature Research Centre in Gatineau, Quebec. We had a little introduction about the history of the museum before we toured the facility. We visited four different rooms including the Herbarium, the room of Fossils, the room of Large Skeletons, and the room of Birds and Small Mammals. We learned how the scientists preserved all the species of plants, fossils, skeletons and mammals. We also got to see many preserved samples including lichens, flowers, leaves, a tiger, a passenger pigeon, horned dinosaur fossils, a blue whale jaw bone and even two moose’s antlers lodged together.

After the visit to the museum, we stopped at Bait Island to have lunch. Everyone was able to have an apple, a granola bar, some carrot sticks, chocolate cookies and either a salami or an egg salad wrap.

We left at around 1:00 pm to head to Parliament Hill where everyone was dropped off to go their own separate ways for the afternoon. We met up at 4:15 pm to head back to QUBS for dinner while passing by the Rideau Canal. There were some singing, talking and laughing while on the ride back to QUBS.

We had dinner a little later due to the full schedule and are anticipating the end-of-the-course slideshow by two of the groups as well as the bonfire.

我们早上8点乘坐一辆黄色校车出发,10点半左右到达加拿大自然博物馆。加拿大自然博物馆有两个馆藏点:一个位于Gatineau市,也即我们参观的地点,一般不对公众开放,供科研使用,占地面积大概1.2个足球场,有42间藏品室,约1千万件藏品;另一个馆藏点位于渥太华市中心,对公众开放。我们参观了4大类样品,包括鸟类、自然矿物、恐龙化石和现代哺乳动物骨骼。我们学习了科学家如何妥善保存样品,看到了苔藓植物、麋鹿头骨、鲸鱼骨头等样品。

午餐后,我们参观了加拿大国会大厦,然后在国会大厦附近,大家分开行动,都以自己最喜欢的方式度过在这里的最后一个午后。在四点十五分我们再次集合回到QUBS,一路上欢声笑语,大家十分活跃。

我们在基地吃了晚饭,准备了篝火晚会,想要欢乐的度过我们在这里最后的时光。别了,加拿大,别了,QUBS,别了,所有美丽的景色和美好的人们。

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