Special, Beaty@Home, Researchers Revealed, Falcons and more!
Special, Beaty@Home, Researchers Revealed, Falcons and more!
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The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment. Our safety plan details the COVID-19 measures and controls required for the museum's common areas. The plan is in alignment with Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan and UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules. Starting on July 2, masks are recommended in public indoor settings. Careful social contact and daily self-assessment are still required.
Closing notice: the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will be closed on July 1 for Canada Day. Please visit our Events & Daily Schedule page for more details. 
Wednesday, July 7 at 1:00 pm PDT
Join Linda Jennings, UBC Collections Curator, Vascular Plants & Algae, Herbarium; and Julia Alards-Tomalin, Renewable Resources Instructor at BCIT for a workshop all about collecting, pressing, identifying and preserving your herbarium specimens.

Linda and Julia will discuss and demonstrate more advanced details of how to make a great scientific collection and the resources you can use for identification. Join them for a deeper dive and an extension of Linda’s Backyard Biodiversity Beaty@Home session from last spring. This workshop will be an engaging experience where you will learn about difficult groups to press (conifers, berries, large specimens, and more!). You will be able to ask more detailed questions about your own collections and how experts identify plants in the 21st century. Click here to register!

We suggest you watch the first Backyard Biodiversity Beaty@Home for an introduction to herbariums and collecting, and follow the herbarium's Instagram.

When registering for the Beaty@Home sessions, you’ll see an option to pay as you can. All funds support the museum! We suggest $5 per participant, but with a sliding ticket scale from $0, no one will be turned away.   
Wednesday, July 14 at 1:00 pm PDT
Is it getting hot out? As we enter another wildfire season in BC, can you think of how your life has changed due to the impacts of these fires? In the Beaty@Home Livestream on July 14th at 1:00 pm PDT, join visual artist, Megan Majewski, and writer Sharon Roberts, the creative minds behind Fire Followers, the spotlight exhibition currently on display at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Sharon and Megan visited communities in previous fire seasons to find landscapes and stories shaped by fire and fire prevention. Hear about how their experience went into the works you can experience in the exhibition. Register for the Livestream here. Visit Fire Followers on display at the museum until October 17th and check out the online exhibit. Share your stories about wildfires on social media using #FireFollowers.
When registering for the Beaty@Home sessions, you’ll see an option to pay as you can. All funds support the museum! We suggest $5 per participant, but with a sliding ticket scale from $0, no one will be turned away.   
Researchers Revealed introduces scientists from the Biodiversity Research Centre and the work that they are doing. From oceans to deserts to far-off jungles, these researchers are roaming the globe and uncovering the answers to questions they have about our world. Come see what questions these scientists are asking, and discover how they are answering them!
Amy Liu, a Masters student in the Rick Taylor Lab at UBC's Biodiversity Research Centre, explains her research identifying similar-looking, interbred species of fish in the North American Arctic char complex using SNP genotyping. She also shares her favourite organism and favourite research memory!
Dr. Sean Michaletz, an assistant professor in the UBC Department of Botany, talks about his research on how plant functioning changes in a warming climate. He also shares how he first got into biology, and why he is interested in studying plants specifically.
Dr. Judith Mank: Genetics of Sex Difference

Dr. Judith Mank, a professor in the UBC Department of Zoology, talks about her research at the Biodiversity Research Centre on the genetics that differentiates the sexes of various organisms, what she teaches at UBC and her experience as a woman in science.
Dr. Michelle Tseng: Insect Ecology

Dr. Michelle Tseng, an assistant professor in the UBC Departments of Zoology and Botany, talks about her research on how insects are adapting to global warming. She also shares a project that she and her students completed in a fourth-year Insect Ecology class.
The Museum cabinets are like photo albums for our Curators. Read about the Aplomado, one of the specimens in the Cowan Tetrapod Collection falcon’s cabinet.
Read more about the BBM's Cowan Tetrapod Collection Contributors. In this image on the left, Ildiko Szabo BBM’s bird specialist discusses with Susan Rowley, MOA’s Arctic Curator the fabrication of the Siberian Yupik parka (MOA A2.486) donated by Dr. Francis (Bud) Fay. Observing are BBM avian Work-Learn students Finola Fogarty and Quinn McCallum. It was concluded that the bulk of this parka is composed of Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) belly skins. 
Explore biodiversity exhibits online.
Check out our current exhibitions at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
ReCollections: Oct. 1, 2020 - Feb. 20, 2022

Fire Followers: Jan. 30 - Oct. 17, 2021
Check out our selection of online resources that allows you to access the Beaty Biodiversity Museum from anywhere around the globe!
If you would like to contribute to the museum, we appreciate any donations, purchasing a membership, planning to visit in person, and sharing information about the museum with friends and family.
A Beaty membership means joining and supporting a lively community of people inspired by biodiversity, engaged with the natural world, and dedicated to conservation. Thank you for your support!
About the Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver's natural history museum, dedicated to building greater understanding, and a shared sense of community and wonder, around biodiversity. Follow us on our social media channels!
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