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8th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryoforay Manning Park

8th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryoforay Manning Park

Olivia Lee, the museum’s Collections Manager Bryophytes, Fungi & Lichens, recaps this summer’s foray in Manning Park.

Schizochroal eye of a trilobite (Phacops rana)| Photo Credit: David Turner

Trilobite Eyes Have Lenses Made Of Calcite

Let’s focus on one of the most fascinating things that evolved in trilobites that helped them survive over the course of all those millennia: their eyes.

The Emperor Penguin: Mating On Ice

The Emperor Penguin: Mating On Ice

Much of the partnership between female and male emperor penguin is spent apart, like long-distance lovers.

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale: Oceanic Fury Road

The Blue Whale lives most of its life in solitude, until they’re ready to mate of course. They migrate to warmer waters to a particular place closer to the equator and begin courtship, much like humans flock to clubs and flirt.

The Reproductive Strategies Of Water Striders

The Reproductive Strategies Of Water Striders

Often called the ‘Jesus bug’ because of its ability to walk on water, the male water striders are not nearly as peaceable as their nickname would have you believe.

Photo Credit: Brett Lewis

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. […]