Beaty Blog

Career Profile: Lesha Koop, Mount Maker

Posted: November 20, 2014

Written by Lesha Koop, Mount Maker at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

I am a sculptor, fabricator and observer who grew up exploring forests, stories and history, which has grown into an affection for the slower creation of quality objects and art. I believe that in this age of production, consumption and detritus such creative practice is both a pleasure and a necessary expression of activism.

Botanical Amble

Posted: November 11, 2014

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

The rain held off long enough for us to enjoy a fascinating native plant walk around campus. We discovered that many native plants can be found in our own backyard as we shared our morning learning about taxonomy, ecology and the traditional uses of a number of local species.

River City – Brisbane, Australia

Posted: November 7, 2014

Written by Rick Taylor, Professor of Zoology, UBC.

I am spending a good part of my sabbatical year in Brisbane, Australia – capital of Queensland. One thing that I am doing here is fleshing out the outline of a book on notable rivers of North America (a kinda’ mix of biology, geography, and societal aspects of our relationships with rivers).

Welcome, a new blog series was born today!

Posted: October 30, 2014

Written by Adriana Suarez, PhD Candidate, Botany, UBC.

Hello everyone! My name is Adriana and I am…well I am a number of things, including being a PhD candidate at UBC working with trees and genetics. I also enjoy translating science to the non-scientific community and that is why I decided to create this blog series.

Beaty Hosts Award-Winning B.C. Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Posted: October 28, 2014

Written by Shar Levine, Children's Author, CWILL BC.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society joined forces to create an amazing exhibit of kid’s books on nature.

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.

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