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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

2010 International Day for Biological Diversity in British Columbia

On December 23, 1993, the United Nations General Assembly created the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to be observed on May 22 every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. For May 22, 2010, the theme is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. This year has also been named the International Year of Biodiversity across the globe to promote life on earth and of the value of biodiversity.

Visitors can see a sneak peak of the Beatty Biodiversity Museum's Blue Whale skeleton at the UBC Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia

International Day for Biological Diversity events in the Lower Mainland:

  • BIOBLITZ @ BURNABY LAKE | May 16th | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Burnaby Lake Nature House (map) | What's living at Burnaby Lake? Celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and the opening of the Nature House by getting up close and personal with local plants, animals, insects, fungi and fish and also enjoy crafts, nature programs, and guided walks | Website

  • BEATY BIODIVERSITY MUSEUM | May 22nd | 10:00am - 4:00pm (schedule) | 2212 Main Mall, UBC (map) | Although the museum has yet to open to the public, visitors canget a sneak peak today at its centrepiece, the Blue Whale skeleton | Website [Here are some photos from our visit!]

You can also check out the BioBlitz website to find other events happening in British Columbia or celebrate biodiversity on your own in local parks and ecosystems which are teeming with new sprintime life from flora to fauna!

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