The Diversity of Life
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a treasure trove of nature’s ingenuity. Here’s a sampling of the weird and wonderful evolutionary feats that can be found among its collections.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s only natural history museum, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits including a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton, the second-largest fish collection in the nation, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world.
The museum is part of UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Centre, which houses more than 50 internationally renowned scientists studying the biological forces that produce and sustain biodiversity, as well as the forces that lead to extinction and the consequences of such loss.
Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and other community engagement, the museum is working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.
Watch the slideshow for a small taste of what the museum has to offer visitors.
Learn more at www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca
Museum Educators Wanted
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre more accessible to the public. It is seeking 20 volunteer museum educators to play a vital role in the museum mission by bringing the collection to life through engaging and educational interactions with museum visitors. MORE: http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/2011/get-involved/beaty-biodiversity-museum-museum-educator/