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Dear Museum Supporter...
Have you always wondered what some of our specimens look like behind the cabinets? Now you can take a look at how these special cabinets keep our collections safe, while exploring educational specimens in the Discovery Lab. Ask a volunteer to open one of the lab cabinets during your next visit. The Discovery Lab is open to visitors of all ages!  
If you are visiting this week, join the mushroom hunt and keep your eyes open for FUN(gi) Fact signs that, like mushrooms, are popping up around UBC campus. There is a prize, a Mushroom Pizza, for the person who finds the most before October 31 – search for them soon!
Along with our new events and museum improvements, we are pleased to announce our newest museum tour, Exceptional Ecosystems, featured daily at 3:00pm. Our museum interpreters will showcase some of the incredible diversity of ecosystems in British Columbia. 
See you soon!
What's New  
Aislinn Hunter, author of The World Before Us will be joining us as our Writer-in-Residence for the month of November. You can find Aislinn writing poetry at a desk under the whale in the Museum. She'll be working with different objects from the collection. Go ahead and ask her questions! 
Join Aislinn for a discussion of museums as places of creative inspiration. Listen to a book reading and enjoy a musical performance by critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Veda Hille on Friday November 14 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  
Aislinn Hunter is an award-winning author of six books. The Globe and Mail called her new novel The World Before Us (Doubleday) 'the sort of novel which forces you to look at the world - the people around you, the objects they hold dear - in a different light.' 

Halloween Costume Contest 
Friday October 31, 2014 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Dress up as your favourite plant or animal to win a Beaty Biodiversity Museum T-shirt!

Join the Mushroom Hunt!
Running now until Friday October 31, 2014 at 5:00pm 
Find FUN(gi) Facts around campus & instagram them to win a Mushroom Gouda Pizza from Pie R Squared. 

Mushroom Walk  
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | 2:15pm 
If you like mushrooms and want to learn more about them, join us, rain or shine, for an exploration of mushrooms and a walk through the UBC campus. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 
Photo by Flickr user Bimmy.

Artic Berries are way cool because....
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 1:00pm
Through a closer look at berries, Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe will take you on a search for the sweet spot in the northern biocultural system.
Included with museum admission or membership. 

Ask an Expert about Marine Bivalves (shellfish)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 11:00am - 3:00pm 
Find out more about shellfish from the author of Explore the Rocky Shore at Stanley Park (published by Nature Vancouver), Sheila Byers. 

Backyard bugs: An art workshop
November 9, 2014 | 11:00am - 2:00pm (drop-in)
Get up close and personal with bugs… through art! Drop in for this kid-friendly activity, and develop your artistic and scientific skills at the same time. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 

Pure Beauty: Science and Your Inner Artist 
Thursday November 13, 2014 | 1:00pm 
Three UBC researchers — microbiologists Patrick Keeling and Erick James and zoologist Bridgette Clarkston — discuss how they translate their science into art. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 

I Came to See the Beautiful Things
Friday November 14, 2014 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Join our Writer-in-Residence Aislinn Hunter & renowned singer-songwriter Veda Hille for a book reading & musical performance. Wine & cheese to follow. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 
Photo by Flickr user Laura Thorne.

UBC Arboretum Walk 
Saturday November 15, 2014 | 10:15am - 12:15am 
Come for a guided stroll around UBC's Arboretum - a collection of living trees for research, with Associate Head of Biology Shona Ellis. 
Included with museum admission or membership. 

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. 
Save the date! Our next members' Sneak Peek is Thursday January 15, 2014. It will be an evening event with activities for adults. The spring Sneak Peek will be open to visitors of all ages, including children and families. 

The opening of Backyard Biodiversity on September 27 was a great success! Read about it and check out some pictures on our blog. When you visit, use #backyardbooks to connect into the social media conversation about the exhibition.
    On Sunday November 9, join curator Karen Needham and biological illustrator Launi Lucas, authors of Strange Beginnings, for a Backyard Bugs art workshop.

    Behind the Scenes 
    This month we are featuring our Education and Outreach intern Laura Myers. 
    Coming from Ontario, I travelled across the country to complete an internship at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. I am a student in the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College with an interest in environmental education. The opportunity to be behind-the-scenes at the Beaty has provided me with myriad learning experiences as diverse as the museum's collections. I have been thrilled to assist with the fabrication and installation of a new exhibition, working on the development of an outreach kit, and assisting with the reorganization of the teaching collection. It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by exceptionally passionate, talented, and dedicated professionals. I am looking forward to interacting with visitors in the remaining weeks of my internship to promote a greater appreciation for the natural world.
    Window into the Collection
    It's almost Halloween and what is more appropriate than spiders?! Above is a video of a male Habronattus coecatus (aka jumping spider) doing a courtship dance for a female. The video was made by Wayne Maddison, the director of our Entomological Collection, who studies jumping spiders. Jumping spiders are the peacocks of the spider world. The male makes a beat with his abdomen and coordinates the vibrations with his leg movements. If the dance isn't good the female will turn the male into a meal instead of a mate. 
    Pretty cool, eh? A jumping spider would make a great couples costume for Halloween! Bonus - with that costume you could enter into our Halloween Costume Contest (the best nature inspired costume wins a Beaty Biodiversity Museum T-shirt!). 
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