Beaty Blog

Goldfish: Pretty Pets or Pernicious Pests?

Posted: April 10, 2013

The introduction of exotic species and their potential to become invasive is one of the leading causes of the declining status of native biodiversity. In addition, costs to the economy from the prevention, control, elimination, and the mitigation of effects of exotic/invasive species, and costs from lost opportunities are estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars per year worldwide. For Canadian freshwater fishes, exotic/invasive species are the second most important cause of extinction or extirpation (after habitat loss and degradation).

Video: Invoking Venus - Animal Magnetism: Attraction Through Fashion

Posted: April 5, 2013

As part of the INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion exhibition at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Fashion historian Ivan Sayers has given an artist talk on the use of animal products in historical western fashion and featured items from the collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke. Watch the video here.

Student Mele Avery Helped Prepare & Map Data of Corvid Specimens

Posted: April 4, 2013

Last summer, UBC student Mele Avery helped Ildako Szabo, Assistant Curator of Birds at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, on organizing specimens at the Museum. She shares with us her experience working on this project.

Colleen Tsoukalas Marvelled at Invoking Venus Fashion Show

Posted: March 28, 2013

Colleen Tsoukalas attended the fashion show of our temporary exhibition INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion, and wrote on the blog of the Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC) about this opening night event. Click through to read her post.

ABC Photo Supports INVOKING VENUS Exhibition

Posted: March 19, 2013

For any not-for-profit organization, hosting a major exhibition like INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion depends heavily on the support from the community, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is no exception. The exhibit features photo-based images by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers. Through the juxtaposition of bird plumage with vintage fabrics and actual feathered fashion accessories, the parallels in human and bird behaviour become apparent.

Spring Break at the Museum

Posted: March 15, 2013

Hey! Mom and Dad! Are you thinking about where to bring your children during spring break in the next two weeks? How about a trip to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC? We will be hosting extra programming with our weekend schedule, March 16-31 (except for Mondays, March 18 & 25).

Fascinating Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Posted: March 13, 2013

Lindsay Follett, the City Editor for Family Fun Vancouver, recently took her boys for a visit at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum without prior research on what's happening at the museum. How did the trip turn out? Let Lindsay tell us...

Video: A Passion for Plumage Fashion Show Highlights

Posted: March 8, 2013

Missed the opening night fashion show of our newest exhibition, INVOKING VENUS, Feather and Fashion? Watch this video highlights with historical costumes featured in the show on February 7, 2013.

Ildiko Szabo Becomes Member of AOU Committee on Bird Collections

Posted: March 1, 2013

Congratulations to Ildiko Szabo, Assistant Curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, for becoming a member of the American Ornithology Union (AOU) Committee for Bird Collections. The AOU was founded in 1883 and is the oldest and largest North American society for the scientific study of birds. This AOU sub-committee represents both traditional and non-traditional collections, including skins, skeletons, fluid-preserved material, eggs and nests, genetic resources, and sound or video holdings.


Posted: February 21, 2013

INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion opened at the beginning of February, and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our community partners sponsors that have helped make this exhibition possible.


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