Beaty Blog

Celebrating the Museum’s 100,000 Visitors

Posted: October 29, 2013

Since opening in October of 2010, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum has welcomed and showcased the wonders of biodiversity to thousands of curious guests. This fall, we are anticipating the reach of the 100,000-visitor milestone. And what better way to celebrate this exciting occasion than a draw for a prize package? Between November 3 and 9, 2013, visit the Museum and join in the celebration as we provide guests* the opportunity to enter our 100,000th Visitor Draw for a chance to win an awesome prize package (prize items to be determined). The draw will take place on November 12, 2013, to highlight the winner/winning family.

Ancient Soils Reveal Clues to Early Life on Earth

Posted: October 24, 2013

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and University of British Columbia examined the chemical composition of three-billion-year-old soils from South Africa – the oldest soils on Earth – and found evidence for low concentrations of atmospheric oxygen.

Songbirds may have “Borrowed” DNA to Fuel Migration

Posted: October 19, 2013

A common songbird may have acquired genes from fellow migrating birds in order to travel greater distances, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the journal Evolution.

Museum Featured on Breakfast Television

Posted: October 9, 2013

On October 8, 2013, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum was featured on CityTV's Breakfast Television. If you have missed it, you can still watch the segments by clicking through.

Get to Know Contest 2013

Posted: October 6, 2013

Vancouver Parks Board is sponsoring the 2013 International Get to Know Contest. Click through to learn more.

OMBIRDS – A Beaty Biodiversity Museum initiative launched in August at the American Ornithologists’ Union annual meeting

Posted: September 30, 2013

This August, the Cowan Tetrapod Collection Curator and Assistant Curator unveiled a new avian blood bank collections protocol developed at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The OMBIRDS acronym stands for Online Museum of Bird Images, Recordings, and DNA Samples.

Invisible Portraits Opens Today with an Up Close Exhibition on Microbes

Posted: September 27, 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is excited to launch its newest temporary exhibition today. Titled Invisible Portraits, this visual art exhibition reveals the secret world of microbes through high-tech images of microbial life refashioned as metal sculpture, wood carvings and large-scale portraiture by Kevin Carpenter, Erick James and Patrick Keeling.

Beaty Museum wins Best of Vancouver award!

Posted: September 20, 2013

The Georgia Straight is into the 18th year of its annual Best of Vancouver award. Their editorial team has spent months on the lookout for good deeds, weird urban details, and various howlers to highlight, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is ecstatic to learn that contributors have picked the Museum as one of the winners for Best of Vancouver 2013, under the category of "Best Collection of Weird Things in Drawers".

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

Posted: September 17, 2013

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? It also depends on what the pressure is! The “blobfish” (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a distant relative of BC’s own rockfishes and, with apologies to Jimmy Durante who shared a similarly prominent proboscis with this fish, the blobfish was recently voted the world’s “ugliest” animal by The Ugly Animals Preservation Society (UAPS).

Revealed! New Display Puts Spotlight on BRC Researchers

Posted: September 9, 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is pleased to announce a new display, Researchers Revealed. Researchers Revealed features descriptions of six Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) graduate students and their research projects. The new display panels describe work on migratory birds, tiny plant microfossils and past climates, life in the intertidal zone for small fishes, and other interesting research projects.


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