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Exhibition: Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress Opens Today

Posted: January 31, 2014

Connecting Human Progression and Reduction of Nature Through Art

Human progression comes at the cost to nature. Through drawing and collage, UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence, Dana Cromie explores his reaction to this happening in Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress. This new visual art exhibition opens today at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Virginia Noble: Winner of Best of Way Cool 2013

Posted: January 28, 2014

Virginia Noble, winner of Best of Way Cool 2013, tells us her thoughts upon hearing the wonderful news.


Dr. Trites of UBC Zoology to Speak at The Art of Conservation

Posted: January 22, 2014

Blue Whales and Other Skeletons in My Closet

On February 1, Dr. Andrew Trites, an associate member of the UBC Department of Zoology will speak at The Art of Conservation, an evening of lectures, museum tours, and films organized by the BC/Yukon Region of The Explorers Club – Canadian Chapter. Dr. Trites' presentation is titled "Blue Whales and Other Skeletons in My Closet".

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Partners with Outer Shores Expeditions

Posted: January 17, 2014

Guided by a crew of professional mariners and naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions escorts small groups to explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia. Check out the Outer Shores Expeditions website for details of the incredible trips they have planned. As a friend of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum you’ll receive 10% off any booked excursion when you mention the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. 

Fishes as Art – and what Art!

Posted: January 14, 2014

I recently came across two outstanding examples of the portrayal of fishes as a form of art. The first involves the truly spectacular photographs of Siamese fighting fish by Thai artist Visarute Angkatavanich. One of the most important morphological innovations in the evolution of fishes has been the development of their fins (dorsal, anal, pelvic, pectoral). These fins are crucial to how fishes swim and how they interact with one another and their environment.

2014: Two Big Biodiversity Issues for BC

Posted: December 30, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, there are two big biodiversity-related issues in BC that are of particular interest to me: (i) the status ignotus of the Cohen Commission’s findings on Fraser River sockeye salmon, and (ii) the recent National Energy Board Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal.

Invisible Portraits: A Closer Look at the Exhibition on Microbes

Posted: December 22, 2013

Invisible Portraits, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum's current exhibition, is full of tiny organisms that usually go unseen. The black-and-white scanning electron micrographs are presented in ornate gilded frames, referencing the presentation style of academic portraiture, but with very unusual subjects imaged in a very high-tech method. 

100,000 Visitor Contest Winner Tours the Museum

Posted: December 13, 2013

In celebration of reaching the Museum’s 100,000-visitor milestone, the 100,000th Visitor Draw was held in November. The lucky winner and their family won a family membership at the Museum and was given a tour by curators. What did they like most?

Up Close Hands-on Fun Photographing Penguins

Posted: December 13, 2013

Black, white and adorable: I loved penguins before I started this photograph project – and now love them even more! Penguins are believed to date back to 65 million years ago. Imagine that! This means that penguins survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Fossils indicate that some extinct penguins use to be man-sized.

The New Federal Fisheries Act and its Effects

Posted: November 29, 2013

On Monday Nov 25th, the new federal Fisheries Act (FA) came into effect (see previous Museum blog post). The new FA results in a shift from a general biodiversity-based set of protections to a fishery-based set of regulations.

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