Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

Friends for Sharks

February 28, 2015, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Kathryn Hodgson & Nicholas Curzon

Join two Great White shark wildlife guides from England as they tell tales of shark encounters, awesome adventures and explain why we need to protect these majestic creatures.

By donation.

Ask an Expert about Fascinating BC Wildflowers

March 1, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Ron Long

British Columbia native plants are fascinating but identification can be frustrating for the budding naturalist. Ron Long can help with that. Bring close-up photos of wild plants that you have found and Ron will show you how to go about finding a name.

Free for the public.

Birds (little dinosaurs) are way cool because...

March 1, 2015, 1:00pm
Darren Irwin

Birds are just little dinosaurs according to Darren Irwin. Find out how that is and learn about other cool birdy things like their songs, feathers, migrations, and parental behaviours.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Book Launch: The legacy of Ian McTaggart-Cowan

March 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Allan Yap Theatre
Ronald D. Jakimchuk, R. Wayne Campbell, and Dennis A. Demarchi

Celebrate the release of the book, Ian McTaggart-Cowan: The Legacy of a Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist, and the life of the man the book honours.

Spring Break 2015: Hands-on Biodiversity

March 7-22, 2015
Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at 12:30 p.m. for a different hands-on activity, brought to you by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests! Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us.

Campus Walk - Edible & Medicinal Plants

March 21, 2015, 10:15am
Saskia Wolsak

Ever wondered which plants are edible and can be used for medicinal purposes? Join Saskia Wolsak for a walk around campus to find out.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Northern Flickers are way cool because …

April 5, 2015, 1:00pm
Elizabeth Gow

Join Dr. Elizabeth Gow to learn about the secret life of the northern flicker, including the bird equivalent of mating scandals, abandonment, and trickery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

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