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Sturgeon are Way Cool because…
Sunday December 1 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sturgeon are one of the oldest living vertebrates on the planet, originally evolving about 250 million years ago. This way cool group of fish were alive with the dinosaurs, and their relatives are still alive today. Sturgeon live for decades, some reaching well past a hundred years old, and can only reproduce once past the age of 15. Unfortunately between human-induced habitat destruction and over-fishing, sturgeon are now one of the most endangered families of vertebrates across the globe. Their endangered status makes them a species of high conservation concern, and as such population supplementation is worldwide. The main supplementation source comes from conservation hatcheries, where baby sturgeon are raised with the goal of releasing them into the wild to boost wild population numbers. Raising baby sturgeon inside, for life in the wild, is not as easy as one would think. As a fish biologist, investigating what makes sturgeon “way cool” helps us move towards our goal of saving the sturgeon.

Madison Earhart, is a PhD student interested in the conservation of endangered fishes. Her main goal in her PhD is to investigate the effects of domestication, whether it be through hatcheries or labs, on wild fish. She aims to improve hatchery practices through research as well as improve our understanding of the effects these fish have on wild populations.
In this video Julian Heavyside describes his research on salmon in BC and the other species of fish that co-occur with the salmon. For more from Julian, check out his Instagram!

Researchers Revealed is an exciting new series profiling the research performed in UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre. The series looks at new ways in which researchers harness technology to study the natural world in ways that were not possible before.
Next Edition December 1, 2019
A FREE program for campus residents, these drop-in sessions are designed for children 5-12 years old accompanied by an adult (not suitable for preschool-aged children). All sessions will be held at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with experts from the Pacific Museum of Earth and around UBC making guest appearances.

Drop in between 10:30 am – 1:00 pm the first Sunday of the month to enjoy special activities for families plus all of our regular museum programming, Raising Big Blue movie, museum tours, and more!
Pre-registration encouraged. Drop-ins welcome as space permits. Thank you for pre-registering so that we can prepare for the number of children attending.
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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.

Museum Hours: 

Tuesday - Sunday 

Third Thursday of the month, museum open until 8:30pm with admission by donation after 5:00pm. 

Closed on Mondays

Visit our website for more information and what's on at the museum.

Dec. 24: open 
Dec. 25 & 26: closed
Dec. 27, 28 & 29: open
Dec. 30: closed
Dec. 31: open 
Jan. 1: closed
Jan. 2: open
  Upcoming Events  
19 December 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Come by for a night at the museum!

On the third Thursday of every month, the museum will stay open until 8:30pm.
Admission by donation starting at 5:00pm. All ages welcome. Drop in at any time!
Current Exhibition
November 21, 2019 – April 19, 2020
Permanent Exhibitions
Culture at the Centre
Upcoming Exhibition 
December 12, 2019 - August 23, 2020 

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