Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hahn Hall of Biodiversity

Last night a members-reception was held at the museum to mark the opening of the Hahn Hall of Biodiversity, our first new permanent exhibit hall since we opened our current building three years ago. The exhibit is centered around a … Continue reading

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Vacation revisited

I never got around to making my last vacation post. One of our stops was at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. The centerpiece exhibit is the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world’s first nuclear-powered ship (commissioned in 1954).

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Expanding role for “Updates”

Geobloggers are generally an introspective group, and there has been a fair amount of discussion over the last few years about how the geoblogging community started, where it’s going, and what role it has to play in geosciences (see, for … Continue reading

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New whale donation

Even though I was technically still on vacation Friday, I came into the museum briefly to meet Chuck Lyon and his son Charlie, who were donating some whale remains to the museum. Last year Chuck collected some associated whale skull … Continue reading

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Whale watching

This morning was sunny and clear, and our twice-postponed whale watching cruise was finally able to operate. The cruise, operated by Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. (who jointly operate the Bar Harbor Whale Museum with College of the Atlantic) took us about 30 … Continue reading

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Bar Harbor Whale Museum

This morning we visited the Bar Harbor Whale Museum, a small museum located in the town of Bar Harbor and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The centerpiece display is a skeleton of a subadult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae); at 29 … Continue reading

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USS Albacore

As we were driving to Maine today, we made a stop at the USS Albacore Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Albacore (AGSS-569) was a small experimental submarine that entered service with the US Navy in 1953.

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There is an occupational hazard to having a job that you love, and that requires a lot of travel. In the 11 years I’ve been at VMNH as a full-time employee, I’ve had a total of three non-working, out-of-town vacations. … Continue reading

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