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2009

Cake for Darwin
Feb 12: Darwin's birthday will be marked with celebratory birthday cake competitions at SFU and UBC. Compete to create the most evolutionary birthday cake you can imagine, or just come by for a look, and perhaps a slice of cake. At SFU, judging will be at 4:30pm is SSB7172. At UBC, judging will be at 4:00pm in Michael Smith Labs, room 101. Happy Birthday Darwin! more...

 

BLPA Weedbusters
What happens when plants don't have the chance to co-evolve? Lend a hand to the Burnaby Lake Park Association and Metro Vancouver as they remove invasive plant species which threaten the biodiversity of the local ecosystem. These drop-in sessions are a great way to be active in the outdoors while improving the environment. Be prepared for moderate physical activity, wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and other equipment will be provided as well as refreshments to keep you going as you learn about the plants around you from Park Interpreters and other volunteers.

May 24: Meet at the foot of Glencarin Dr. (map), Sunday May 24, 1:00-4:00pm.
June 2: meet at the Avalon parking lot (map), 6:30-8:30pm.
June 16: Avalon parking lot, 6:30-8:30pm.
June 28: Avalon parking lot, 1:00-4:00pm.
July 7: Avalon parking lot, 6:30-8:30pm.
July 21: meet at the Nature House at the foot of Piper Ave. (map), 6:30-8:30pm.
September 20: Glencarin Dr., 1:00-4:00pm.
October 4: Glencarin Dr., 1:00-4:00pm.
 


Burnaby Lake Nature Walk
June 7: Join in a guided tour of one of the Lower Mainland's largest Regional Parks. Identify birds as they sing their morning chorus. Bring the entire family bright and early from 6:00am-8:00am. Meet at the Nature House at the foot of Piper Ave (map). Brought to you by the Burnaby Lake Park Association and Metro Vancouver.
 

Evolution of Song
Sep 12: Discover the role of song in the evolution of birds and in the creation of new species. Join David Toews, UBC PhD Student in Zoology, to learn more and participate in hands-on research in the forest around UBC. Presented by Metro Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Saturday, September 12, 2009
9:00am - 12:00pm
Suitable for ages 8+
Meet in the courtyard of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at 2212 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (map).
 


FestEVOLVE at the Beaty Museum
Sep 19: Join researchers investigating evolution for outdoor family events in the courtyard of UBC's new Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Examine specimens, meet scientists and participate in experiments. Learn about nature sketching from an artist and give it a try yourself. Comb the courtyard's organisms for clues during a scavenger hunt, have your face painted like a wild animal or chat with Charles Darwin about his theory. With a mix of hands on art and science activities, this event is a great way for the whole family to learn about evolution. Part of UBC's Culture Fest 2009. For more information, see the Beaty Museum website.

Saturday, September 19, 2009
10:00am - 2:00pm
FREE family event
Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
 
Thanks to everyone who came to the event, pictures are now available.


Origin Turns 150
Nov 24: Join us for the anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species at the Beaty Biodiversity Centre at UBC. At 9:30am we'll welcome everyone with coffee in room 225 before tuning in to a webcast of an E.O. Wilson presentation from Harvard University at 10:00am. At noon, gather in the lounge to eat with Darwin, and view the entires in our Drawing from Darwin Contest. Prizes for the contest will be awarded, and guests will have the chance to decorate a festive dessert to toast the big day.
 
2010

Bake a Cake for Darwin
Feb 9: In celebration of Charles Darwin's 201st, we're inviting everyone to come up with their most evolution-appropriate baked goods. Set up from 2pm in the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Centre's lounge (map), judging will be at 4pm. For inspiration, see last year's entries on the contest page.
 
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