British Columbia is home to a spectacular array of wildlife. Pacific salmon, our provincial fishes, are one well known example, but all is not well with some populations.
Have you ever wondered about the sex lives of birds? You know, the birds and the bees, as the saying goes. It sounds so simple, but avian mating systems are incredibly complex. In fact, most known types of mating systems occur in birds.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s 2.1 million specimens are much more than just fascinating objects on display – they are critical aspects of contemporary research.
At the beginning of September, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity by Dr. Mary Berbee to undertake a Directed Studies project in her lab, assisting on the Edible and Poisonous Fungi Project.
My mother tells me that when I was four years old, I went for a walk with the daycare staff one day and ate a mushroom. I picked it up and popped it into my mouth before any of the adults realized what I was doing.
Winter is a great time to view the diversity of foliose Bangiales on our shore. This is the time of year these foliose species complete their sexual cycle. Many of these species, grow on high intertidal bedrock in the dead of winter.
I had never before been out on a Bryoforay, so I had no idea what to expect when my supervisor invited me to one. She explained that the trip would involve exploring trails and various forested area in search of interesting plants, so of course I agreed to go!
The 6th Annual Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen foray was held in Squamish, BC in early September, 2015. The small group of participants, included two students and one six-year old budding bryologist, visited various moist and wet sites in the area.
Would you eat insects? That’s a question we asked guests at our Bugs & Beer night last week. The answer? A resounding yes! We thoroughly enjoyed the variety of seasoned grasshoppers and mealworms kindly sent from Next Millennium Farms.
This week, I completed a 4-month curatorial apprenticeship job-shadowing the Cowan Tetrapod Collection (CTC) Curatorial Assistant, Ildiko Szabo. I learned all aspects of tetrapod museum curation from preparing bird and mammal specimens, accessioning, t