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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

If there's a topic you'd like us to do a post about, or a post that you think needs a sequel, just let us know!

Great King Street Entrance

If Trees Could Talk

The former entrance to Otago Museum, located on Great King Street, is shaded by several trees that have a long and interesting history. Collection Officer, Natural Science On Lee Lau reveals more.

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Hide and Seek: New Zealand Lizards

While most people know New Zealand to be the land of birds, few are aware that it’s also a special place for lizards or mokomoko. Collection Officer, Natural Science On Lee Lau tells us more.

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The Brilliance of Bees

Today marks the second annual observation of World Bee Day. Science Communicator Samantha Kingsbury explains why bees are worth celebrating.

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Building Bee-utiful Gardens

Growing a range of different plants in your garden won't just make it look pretty – it'll also help attract precious pollinators. Science Communicator Samantha Kingsbury explains more.

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Hunting for Eggs

If you're hunting for eggs this Easter, make sure you swing by the Otago Museum. While our collection isn't made of chocolate, it does contain some of the rarest eggs in the world. 

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Wild Dunedin Podcast

Wild Dunedin Podcast

The Wild Dunedin Podcast returns on 23 April. Listen in to find out about the amazing wildlife that lives in and around our city.

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A world with no parasites: sustainable or not?

Parasites often get a bad rap, but these tiny species are an important part of our planet's ecosystems. Research Officer Anusha Beer explains why.

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Soaking Up the Attention

Dive into Seaweek 2019 (2 to 10 March) with a trip to Animal Attic to view our collection of sea sponges. Collection Officer, Natural Science On Lee Lau tells us more about these unusual marine invertebrates.

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Rare Discovery: New Long-legged Fly Found at Aramoana

Spending time on the mudflats around Aramoana over the summer led to a unique find for Associate Professor Steve Kerr, a neurotoxicologist at the University of Otago.

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Q & A with Trudi Webster, saving yellow-eyed penguins

The yellow-eyed penguin, thought to be one of the world’s rarest penguins, has a dedicated advocate – the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) – committed to saving this endangered species. The Otago Museum and Otago Regional Council jointly support the YEPT and the work of Dr Trudi Webster in her role as Conservation Science Advisor.

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Our blog aims to keep you informed of the latest happenings at the Otago Museum, through posts about our collections, our people and our work.

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