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Dear Museum Supporter...
With beautiful blossoms popping up all over the lower mainland, we can see that spring is right around the corner. This month, we have myriad ways to celebrate biodiversity and get inspired to go outside and explore! 
Our newest exhibition, shutterbug explores naturalist Ian Lane's contributions to science through his incredible photography and meticulous attention to detail. The images are stunning, and the accompanying activities and programs are sure to get you excited about the natural world. 
During Spring Break, we will be hosting different activities daily at 12:30 p.m. These are open to everyone – come to one, or come to them all!  
This month, we'll hit the exciting milestone of the 50th edition of our Way Cool Biodiversity series. Who better to give this talk than our Acting Director, Darren Irwin. Whether you've been to one, none, or forty-one, you'll enjoy this welcoming, family-friendly lecture on March 1 at 1:00 p.m.  
Thank you for your support, we hope to see you soon!

Friends for Sharks
Saturday February 28, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Join two Great White shark wildlife guides from England, Kathryn Hodgson and Nicholas Curzon, 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 BC Wildflowers 
Sunday March 1, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

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.

50th Way Cool Talk Birds (little dinosaurs) are way cool because...
Sunday March 1, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
This is the 50th talk of the way cool series! This is a huge milestone – thank you to everyone who attends the talks, and to everyone who will in the future.
Darren Irwin, who leads the Irwin Lab researching birds at UBC and is Acting Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, will explain why birds are way cool, including how they're linked to dinosaurs! 
Included with museum admission or membership. 

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 with talks and book signing by the authors Ronald D. Jakimchuk, R. Wayne Campbell, and Dennis A. Demarchi. 
Included with museum admission or membership.

Spring Break 2015
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.
Included with museum admission or membership.

shutterbug Exhibition Opening 
Tuesday March 10, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
Help us celebrate our new exhibition shutterbug featuring stunning photographs of insects by Nature Vancouver's Ian Lane.  
Click here to book your free tickets. Please RSVP by Friday March 6th, 2015. 
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Enjoy live music by Sweet Scarlet, hear from the Curator, and explore the exhibition. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar. Look your best so you can be a bug and snap a selfie in our dress up area. Use #BeatyBug to share your images. 

Campus Walk - Edible & Medicinal Plants 
Saturday March 21, 2015 | 10:15 a.m.

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...
Sunday April 5, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
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.

Ask an Expert 
Sunday April 5, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ask an Expert Tables happen on the first Sunday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Upper Atrium of the Museum. Each month we will feature an expert from a different biodiversity-related topic. Bring photos, videos and/or descriptions of few of your favourite, unidentified, spectacular, or interesting specimens for show-and-tell with the experts and other biodiversity enthusiasts.
Free for the public. 

Campus Walk
Saturday April 18, 2015 | 10:15 a.m.
Campus Walks happen on the third Saturday of every month from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. They begin and end at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and happen rain or shine. Explore the UBC campus through the eyes of an expert. Look for fall migratory birds, check out native plants, find local mushrooms.
Included with museum admission or membership.
March 11 - September 6, 2015
Our feature exhibition shutterbug is currently being installed and every day at the museum you can find something new along the exhibition wall; it opens March 11. 
Explore stunning photographs of insects by Ian Lane and enjoy hands-on activities in the exhibition throughout the spring and summer. Participate in daily programs that complement shutterbug including museum tours, Naturalist 101, puppet shows, scavenger hunts, and more!
Sponsored by Nature Vancouver
Sponsored by abc photo
Hands-on Spring Break 
Spring Break is just around the corner, and we are excited to share our new programming with you! Join us every day at 12:30 p.m. between March 7 and 22 for a fun, hands-on activity appropriate for all ages. Our programming lineup includes an open art studio, making string from natural materials, story time with the South Coast Conservation Program, an exploration of our biodiversity courtyard, and more!
This is a great way to utilize your museum membership! See the full schedule of programming here.
Volunteer at the Beaty 
Do you consider yourself to be a biodiversity enthusiast? Do you love educating people about nature? If so, you may be a great fit for our volunteer team! Museum volunteers spend time on the floor of the museum, interacting with visitors and helping with special programs. You'll gain communication experience, biodiversity knowledge, and meet people with similar interests.
We are looking for more volunteers from all walks of life to join our team. Apply online before March 24, 2015. For information and requirements, check out our website.
Window into Biodiversity
February 12th was Darwin's 206th birthday and our annual Bake a Cake for Darwin contest (part of FestEVOLVE). We had lots of evolution-themed cakes and they were all so beautiful and creative that it was hard to destroy them by eating them. But we did. And they were delicious. Thanks to everyone who came and an extra special thanks to those who made the fabulous edible scientific art!!! See more photos on our Flickr page
Biodiversity Around Town 

Nerd Nite: Monsters Revealed
March 3, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. 
Vancouver Aquarium

Soil Celebration
March 5, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
UBC Botanical Garden

Stanley Park Ecological Society Presentation by Beaty Biodiversity Museum Curator Chris Stinson: Otters and their relatives 
March 12, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
West End Community Centre

Beginning Cheesemaking
Thursday, March 26 | 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

UBC Farm

Building Bridges: Working Together to Improve Wildlife Health in BC and Canada
April 23, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
The Ramada Plaza Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford

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A Beaty Biodiversity Museum membership means joining and supporting a lively community of people inspired by biodiversity, engaged with the natural world, and dedicated to conservation.
About the Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education and outreach.

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