Beaty Blog

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.

Countdown to Northern Gateway Decision Day

Posted: June 3, 2014

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

I was part of a small group of people (along with Kai Chan of IRES and Anne Salomon of SFU) who have studied the Joint Review Panel’s report (JRPr) on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project (NGP).

A workshop on how to identify rare plants

Posted: May 27, 2014

Written by Linda Jennings, Assistant Curator, Herbarium, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

UBC Herbarium research associate Dr. Terry McIntosh and I ran a workshop for Katzie First Nation Traditional Resource Specialist Roma Leon and Environmental Technician Paul James on rare plant identification.

Celebrating Five Years of the BRITE Internship Program!

Posted: May 22, 2014

On May 6 2014, we celebrated the fifth year of BRITE internships, with a panel discussion on careers and networking and a reception under the whale at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

BRITE or Biodiversity Research: Integrative Training and Education is an NSERC-CREATE-funded training program. For the past five years, the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has hosted the BRITE Internship Program.


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