Beaty Blog

The Elwha River Flows Free Again!

Posted: October 19, 2014

Written by Rick Taylor, Professor of Zoology, UBC.

In an age when the environmental news is often grim (e.g., Mount Polley mine tailings spill) we need to celebrate positive developments - the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in Washington.

Highlights of the 5th Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray

Posted: October 15, 2014

Written by Donna Fleury and Sandra Davis. Complied by Olivia Lee, Bryophyte, Fungi & Lichen Collections Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

The 5th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray was held Sept 11 to 14, 2014 near Creston, BC. The Foray undertook an inventory of selected areas of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Darkwoods Preserve, a 55,000-hectare property in the central Kootenays.

BC has a new Global Geopark!

Posted: October 10, 2014

Written by Darren Irwin, Acting Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.

British Columbians recently gained yet another reason to be deeply proud of our magnificent and biodiversity-rich province: it is now home to the second United Nations-designated Global Geopark in North America!

Biodiversity anyone?

Posted: October 7, 2014

Written by Bree Galbraith, Co-founder of Peaks and Harbours.

We recently came across a blog post by Bree Galbraith (@breegalbraith) on Peaks and Harbours, her "not just for moms" blog that showcases everything our city has to offer the younger crowd. The post talks about her experience visiting the Museum with her two young sons and features beautiful photos that her son took. Bree kindly adapted the post to be shown here.

Birding with the Beaty

Posted: October 3, 2014

Written by Jackie Chambers, Education Manager at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

On Saturday, September 20th we set off on a birding walk around campus, this was the first in a new series of Campus Walks. It was a perfect fall day, the weather was sunny and the red, orange and yellow of the turning leaves were stunning against a brilliant blue sky. Our quest to find and identify local birds took us to some interesting corners of campus.

A Window into the History of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Collections

Posted: September 25, 2014

Written by Linda Jennings, Assistant Curator Vascular Plants & Algae and Ildiko Sazbo, Assistant Curator of Birds at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

The BBM was especially fortunate to have two of Dr. David Brownstein’s Research in History Geography Class archiving students haunt the halls of the Beaty Biodiversity curatorial wing during the 2014 winter term. Recently, their projects were uploaded to UBC cIRcle.

FUN Society Gala

Posted: September 12, 2014

Written by Alison McLean, Camps Coordinator, FUN Society.

Friends Uniting for Nature (FUN) Society is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to empower kids and youth to make positive change by inspiring them into action. Kids and youth are supported in creating their own Passion Projects, something to better their community or environment.

School Programs for All

Posted: September 2, 2014


Looking for things to do with your kids? Want to get them back into learning mode after a long summer? Grab all the neighbourhood kids and book a school tour here at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. For the month of September, 2014 we have lowered our minimum group size from fifteen to eight.

100th Anniversary of Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Posted: September 1, 2014

Written by Darren Irwin, Acting Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.

Few if any humans alive today would remember what was once the most numerous bird species in North America. Indeed, few of us even know its name. Today, September 1st, 2014, marks a sad but important milestone, the exact 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

Burn Fund Visit

Posted: August 20, 2014

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund was founded by Captain Alex Blake from the Coquitlam Fire Department. The Burn Fund was created as a province-wide initiative after four decades of Fire Fighters visiting patients in the Burn Unit, seeing the need for help, and contributing money.

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