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Dear Museum Supporter...
This newsletter is filled to the brim with exciting events, updates, and news!  
February is a time reserved for families, Valentines, and of course, FestEVOLVE! FestEVOLVE is a time at the museum where we celebrate evolution through many exciting special events; read on to find out more. Have you attended any of our Way Cool Biodiversity talks? Find out who has the honour of being your favourite talk from 2014. 
Inside the museum, we’ve been making updates to some of your favourite displays, including the first row of the tetrapod cabinets. We also hosted a fantastic member’s sneak peek event, featuring beer and biodiversity. 
Thank you for your support - we hope to see you soon!
What's New  
Next time you visit the museum make sure to check out the refreshed Big and Small display in the first row of the tetrapod cabinets. Our mount maker made a beautiful metal mount to show off the delicate beauty of a tiny Hummingbird egg compared to the dramatic size of an Elephant bird egg - two new additions to this area. New infographics show you what part of the animal the bones on display come from. Watch this space for an update on the refresh of the Victorian Cabinet
Photo by Ryan Hill. 

Biodiversity Lecture Series
Thursday January 29, 2015 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
One of the greatest explorers of our generation, a real life Indiana Jones, will be giving our next Biodiversity Lecture. Wade is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer and author. 
The Biodiveristy Lecture Series is run jointly by the Biodiversity Research Centre and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The next lecture in this series will be this fall. Click here to see past speakers. 
Sold Out. 

Midshipman fish are Way Cool
Sunday February 1, 2015 | 1:00pm
Join Dr. Sigal Balshine, a visiting professor from McMaster University for a fascinating, fishy tale centred around the strange and wonderful singing toadfish.

Included with museum admission or membership.  

Ask an Expert about Amphibians 
Sunday February 1, 2015 | 11:00am-3:00pm

Cool, rough and slimy. What are amphibians? Find out from our expert Chris Stinson.

Free for the public. 

February 10-15, 2015 
Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s FestEVOLVE February 10-15. Participate in a Darwinian cake contest on Thursday, February 12 at 5:00pm, and meet and chat with biodiversity scientists on Saturday February 14 from 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Campus Walk - How to ID Conifer Trees 
Saturday February 21, 2015 | 10:15am
Impress your friends by being able to identify the trees around us. Learn clues to help you tell a western hemlock from a Douglas fir.

Included with museum admission or membership. 

Friends for Sharks
Saturday February 28, 2015 | 12:00pm
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 | 11:00am-3:00pm

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 | 1:00pm
In March, we will be featuring our 50th talk of the series! This is a huge milestone – thank you to everyone who attends the talks, and to everyone who will in the future. These talks are geared to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll get to listen to a researcher talk about what they think is way cool about biodiversity, and can ask them your questions, too!
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. 

Spring Break 2015
March 7-22, 2015
Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at 12:30pm 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 
Saturday March 21, 2015 | 10:15am

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.
There’s so much pressure in February to plan for special days. Are you tired of being asked, “what are we doing for Charles Darwin’s birthday this year?” Or, the likelier, “do you have plans for Valentine’s Day?” We’ve gone to the trouble of planning both of these exciting events for you, with an evolutionary twist during FestEVOLVE. 
On the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, Thursday, February 12, indulge your sweet tooth at our annual Bake a Cake for Darwin Contest. You can bring a decorated cake to enter in the contest, or come to cheer on your favourite competitor.  
We even have plans for you on Valentine’s Day – bring a date, come solo, or visit with the whole family! On Saturday, February 14, join the museum staff, volunteers, and researchers from UBC between 11:00am-3:00pm and find out why the Beaty Loves FestEVOLVE. It’s your chance to ask questions, meet real scientists, and get up close to amazing specimens. 
Throughout the week, join us for our popular Evolution tour, featuring evolution stories throughout the museum.  For more information on these events, visit our website
Winner of the Best of Way Cool 2014
As voted by you, our visitors and members, the Best of Way Cool 2014 was:
Chris is the Curatorial Assistant of Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians in the Cowan Tetrapod Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Missed his talk? You can check out the video online, as well as other past talks. Keep an eye on our blog for a post from Chris in the near future.
Among other excellent comments, you told us that “the presenter was awesome and the specimens were way cool!!” and that you “loved the pictures he took. Learned a lot about mustelids too!” Some of the things you may have learned if you attended were:
  • Weasels are tenacious and fearless
  • A group of weasels is known as a boogle
  • Mustelids are the largest and most diverse family of carnivores; coming in all sizes and found in nearly every type of terrestrial habitat on earth!
Thank you to those who participated, and for your feedback on the Way Cool Biodiversity Series. If you didn’t have a chance to vote, but have some feedback for us, please email us!
Shutterbug: photographs by Ian Lane
March 11 - September 6, 2015
Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs. Discover how one man's pastime became his passion, and explore how his images have contributed to science.
Family-friendly activites:
Be a bug and snap a selfie in our dress-up area, play ladybird bingo, add an origami pollinator to our garden, and more...
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Behind the Scenes 
Lesha Koop, Mount Maker
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. Central to my work is a focus on form and detail, sometimes involving blacksmithing and weaving, film photography or a variety of other media. I build metal armatures and supports for any specimens or objects on display in museums, as well as certain delicate specimens for storage. Each mount is customized to its specimen. Read more
Window into Biodiversity
Hops, barley, and yeast. What do these organisms have in common? They are used to make beer and they are in our collection. So naturally we had a Biodiversity of Brewing Beer Tasting event in mid-January to celebrate these ingredients, the diversity of methods of combining them, and the relationship between people and beer.
Mike and Nolan from Granville Island Brewing came and shared a couple of their tasty beers with us - Auld Skool Scottish Ale and Swing Span Amber Ale. Steamworks Brewery gave us their delicious Jasmine IPA to sample as well as an infographic explaining how the Jasmine is added to the beer. A big thank you for the donation of time, expertise, and beer from Granville Island Brewing and Steamworks Brewery!
The Daughters of Beer attended and wrote a great post about the event with some fantastic photos. 
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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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