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Seahorses Are Pregnant Fathers

Since most of the males in the animal kingdom don’t have access to DNA tests, many species have found ways of ensuring their biological fatherhood. A great example of this comes from the seahorse. But before I discuss reproduction, let’s look at seahorse courtship behaviour. By human standards, seahorse courtship is viewed as very romantic. […]

UTown @ UBC Nature Club at the Beaty

UTown @ UBC Nature Club at the Beaty

On Sundays starting October 1, UTown @ UBC Nature Club events will give every family a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences, learn more about the area they live in, and meet other families.

Photo Credit: Isabella Laird

The Fossilized Forest Of Axel Heiberg Island

The above picture is wood from a tree that grew on Axel Heiberg island, which is an island in the arctic region of Canada. It’s the wood of a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia). How old do you think it is? 11 years old? 1000 years old? Would you believe that it’s 45 million years old? 45 […]

Kluane National Park and Reserve | Photo Credit: Jenny Stinson

Bioblitz At A Glance: Kluane National Park And Reserve

At this time of year in the Yukon, the sun never sets. The landscape is beautiful and desolate. Outside of the cities, it’s open and wild; it was easy to go for days without seeing another person. This year’s Northern bioblitz took place at Kluane National Park and Reserve. Kluane National Park has the largest […]

Photo credit: Sarah Yuntez

Bioblitz At A Glance: Pender Island

What’s really unusual about the the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is that there is a piece of the park on each of the 15 Gulf Islands. Each year, a bioblitz is being held on each island to gather information and specimens, hopefully working towards creating a complete picture of the park as a whole. […]

Two Monarch Butterflies Mating, Photo Credit: Mike Baird

The Monarch Butterfly And Spermataphores

This week we’re looking at the strategies and counter-strategies that Monarch butterflies have developed in courtship and reproduction.

Raven, Photo Credit: Alexas Fotos

The Animals Of Game Of Thrones: Real Or Fake?

Game Of Thrones has a lot of magical and non-magical creatures – but do you know which ones actually existed and which ones were fake?

Photo Credit: Sarah Yuntez

BioBlitz At A Glance: Whistler and Pemberton

Insects. Bugs. Creepy crawlies. Interested in the aforementioned arthopods? So is Karen Needham, the Assistant Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection. She and a small team of entomologists travelled up to Whistler and Pemberton in early May to collect and record all that is class Insecta. Though the amount of insect collection was low due […]

Galiano Island | Photo Credit: Andrew Simon

Bioblitz At A Glance: Galiano

Bioblitz season is well underway and results are pouring in from Galiano Island, BC. Galiano is one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, and was originally inhabited by the Central Coast Salish people. The island hosts many species that have yet to be documented but Andrew Simon, curator of the Biodiversity Galiano Project, hopes to create a more […]

American Tree Frog Demonstrating Amplexus, Photo Credit: Fredlyfish4

The American Tree Frog and Amplexus

There’s no monogamy here; to increase their chances of offspring, they will mate with as many females as they can. Hey, it’s not for all species.