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Dear Museum Supporter...
This December and January, the team at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum hopes to be a part of your holiday celebrations! Visit the museum with your family and friends or take a break from your busy holiday schedule. We will be featuring tours, stories, and activities every day. Check out our daily schedule for more information.
Memberships make a fantastic holiday gift, and are available for individuals, couples, and families. Give the waste-free gift of a year of biodiversity experiences at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. You can purchase a gift membership in person or by phone at 604-827-4955.
As we wrap up the calendar year, it’s time once again to vote for the “Best of Way Cool.” Attend our last talk of 2014 on December 7, and then cast your vote for the most interesting speaker. 
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout December and January. We will be closing at 3:00pm on December 24 and 31; the only day we are closed is December 25. 
We hope to see you soon!
What's New  
The gift shop has a plethora of new biodiversity related items. From upcycled Bowen Island glass, to felted mushrooms, to coffee table worthy books on the Great Bear Rainforest, nature guides and children's books. 
Give the gift of an experience. Stay tuned for more information about our winter workshop series gift package. 

Ask an Expert about Fossils 
Sunday December 7, 2014 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
Fossil enthusiast Hanson Wong will answer your questions, help you identify your fossil finds or simply chat about fossils!   

Aquatic protists are way cool....
Sunday December 7, 2014 | 1:00pm
Join Laura Wegener Parfrey to learn about the microscopic world and take a closer look at protists in pond water for yourself.
Included with museum admission or membership. 

Campus Walk 
December 2014
Please note that there is no Campus Walk this month as the date falls too close to the holiday season. Campus Walks will return in the New Year - starting with a Geology walk on Jan 17, 2015.
Included with museum admission or membership. 

Wrasses are waycool...
Sunday January 4, 2015 | 1:00pm
Learn how wrasses and their cousins the parrotfishes use tactics like sex change, female mate choice copying, male sneaking, and cooperation among dominant males in their quest to raise young. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 

Ask an Expert about Rocks 
Sunday January 4, 2015 | 11:00am-3:00pm 
Do you think rocks ROCK?! Come chat to our geology enthusiast David Cook about local and regional rocks. 

Campus Walk - Rocks 
Saturday January 17, 2015 | 10:15am-12:15pm
Join David Cook for a walk around campus to learn about the different types of rocks that make up UBC's stunning architecture.
Included with museum admission or membership. 
Photo by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski

Members' Sneak Peek: Brewing Biodiversity Beer Tasting
Thursday January 15, 2015 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the plants in our collection that are used for making beer then enjoy tastings from local craft brewers. 
Included with museum membership. RSVP here (password: beatymembers).
Not a member but want to come? Become a member now!
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. This talk is not to be missed! 
Free. RSVP here to reserve your seat (this popular event sells out fast). 
Best of Way Cool
Are you a fan of the Way Cool Biodiversity series? Now’s your chance to tell us who should be the “Best of Way Cool.” Between Sunday, December 7, 2014 and Sunday, January 11, 2015, participate in our survey to select the coolest organism and presenter, and enter for a chance to win a family membership. 
Your favourite talks from past years have focused on bird pollination, caddisflies, and strawberry poison frogs. See the Best of Way Cool video winner above. Click here for more information on the Way Cool Biodiversity Series.
Looking for something creative to do this holiday season? Check out our family-friendly Backyard Biodiversity exhibition; make an origami bird and perch it in our tree, draw one of our specimens and start creating your very own field guide, or sit and muse upon what the ocean means to you and share your thoughts on our wall.
Behind the Scenes 
This month we are featuring the Work-Learn students on our Exhibits Team:  
Tessa Lawson  
I am a fourth year Biology student focusing on the dynamics and conservation of animal diversity. My interest in the natural world led me to apply at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and I am thrilled to be a part of the exhibits team. My job has exposed me to various types of life during the process of mounting specimens, by preparing them for use in educational displays. Thus far, my favourite project has been mounting the birds of prey collection for education, as I was able to connect what I have been taught during my lectures to a physical specimen. I am excited to be a part of a group that is dedicated to educating the public on the variation of life.
Ming Wong
Hello! I'm Ming, a fifth-year Arts student studying English Literature and Film Studies. As Production Assistant I work with the museum’s design team on a variety of projects, be it designing the backdrop poster for the Birds of Prey visitor activity, editing the videos of the Way Cool lectures, or fabricating signs for exhibits. Some projects I enjoyed making thus far: redesigning wayfinding signage in the building and editing the “Laysan Island is Way Cool” lecture. Editing the Laysan lecture was fun because I got to look up a lot of Laysan-specific birds I haven't heard of before. The standout bird for me is the Steller's albatross — it's cute, majestic, and confused all at the same time.
Photo by Flickr user Jack Berry
Holly in the Herbarium collection. 
Window into the Collection
Red and green are classic holiday colours beautifully shown in the holly specimens above. Did you know the red accents in this case are provided by the berries on a female plant? This holiday colour makes an attractive addition to your holiday swag but also makes the berries highly visible and enticing to birds that assist in spreading the seeds. It's festive and fertile. 
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Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays for research). We are open throughout the holidays. The only day the Museum is closed is December 25, 2014. The Museum will close early, at 3pm, on December 24 and 31st, 2014.  
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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