Beaty Blog

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.

Sharks: more than just a pretty smile

Posted: August 14, 2014

Written by Rick Taylor, Director of Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.

With “Shark Week” upon us and the release of yet another Sharknado movie, it is easy to think of sharks as stereotypical ‘marauders of the sea’. Sharks, however, are endlessly fascinating creatures that provide many insights into the workings of ecology and evolution.

North to Alaska, a Sustainable Fishery, Migrating Salmon, and Grizzly Bears

Posted: July 26, 2014

Written by Rick Taylor, Director of Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.

I have just spent a week on Lake Aleknagik, part of the Wood River system that empties into Bristol Bay Alaska. Myself and two students (Shannan May-McNally and Allison Dennert) are collecting char for our own work, but are also helping with some sockeye salmon stream surveys out of the U of Washington camp on Lake Aleknagik.

Blueberries and Unconscious Knowledge

Posted: July 14, 2014

Written by Karen Yurkovich, Artist of the The Herbarium Project, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

A very Canadian West Coast cultural experience is starting again: blueberry season. Spot prawn season arrived and we will have local cherries soon.

Fish Powerhouses

Posted: July 8, 2014

Written by Rick Taylor, Director of Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Professor of Zoology, UBC.

Many organisms can generate or detect electrical discharges. One fish that has taken “electrogenesis” to a whole other level is the electric eel, Electrophorus electricus (which is not actually a true eel, but that is another story).

Win tickets to MOV to see Rewilding Vancouver

Posted: June 27, 2014

Vancouverites are fortunate to live in a city where we come into contact with nature. Rewilding Vancouver, an exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Vancouver, explores our beloved city’s relationship with nature in it’s past, present and future.

BioBlitz: A Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

Posted: June 25, 2014

What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is a 24-hour period where teams of volunteer scientists along with community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible in one particular area.

Looking for things to do with your family?

Posted: June 17, 2014

Look no further! The Beaty Biodiversity Museum has loads of things to do with kids of all ages. Discover Backyard Biodiversity at the Museum, take part in activities and learn about your own backyard.

Behind the Scenes: receiving a new donation

Posted: June 11, 2014

We have some exciting news to share (which we hinted at on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Yesterday we received 4 wild sheep and 1 muskox as a donation to the Museum.

Rediscovering Vancouver’s Backyard Biodiversity

Posted: June 6, 2014

Written by Brian McCarthy, Guide, Greenheart Canopy Walkway, UBC.

Like many of us growing up on the west coast, I have fond childhood memories of exploring the rainforests of coastal British Columbia. With youthful exuberance and imagination, the forest was transformed into a playground with endless adventure waiting beyond every stone, stump and tree.


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