This May, in honor of UN International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), we are hosting a series of virtual and family experiences to celebrate biodiversity and its importance for our communities, health and planet.
See the full list of scheduled events below.
What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?
Biodiversity can mean different things to different people. For us, biodiversity refers to the astounding variety of living things that exist on earth, like plants, animals, bacteria and fungi, and how these life forms interact not only with water, soil and air to make up the natural ecosystems around the planet, but also how they connect with people, cultures and languages around the world. Cultural diversity is intimately linked to biodiversity.
Biodiversity is the foundation of life and is a key solution to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions, to social justice, climate, food and water security, local and global biodiversity is key to our current and future generations.
“People need to fall in love with nature before they can participate in protecting it.”– Dr. Tara Moreau, Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs
Celebrating Biodiversity Virtually and at UBC
UBC Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site. The land is also one of the most abundant locations with respect to biodiversity, biocultural diversity and landforms (mountains, ocean, forests and more).
The biodiversity extinction crisis requires inclusive solutions to prevent ecological collapse. UBC conducts and mobilizes research with campus and regional partners on biodiversity and climate change to understand how these global crises are linked and how solutions for both can bring about resilient, just, and sustainable change.
In light of UN International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), Biodiversity Days aims to engage our communities in celebrating biodiversity and how integral biodiversity is to culture, environment, economy and society. Join us for the Garden and virtual experiences to learn more and celebrate biodiversity.
Join us: Be part of an active movement and learn how we can collectively safeguard our planet’s biodiversity and live in harmony with nature. Mobilizing action to protect and restore biodiversity requires participation across communities, disciplines and cultures. Join us for Biodiversity Days and learn more about how you can help.
Biodiversity Days Experience at UBC Botanical Garden
Family Nature Walk at UBC Botanical Garden
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive
Date: Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2021
Cost: $50 per family
Join us for a biodiversity adventure at the beautiful UBC Botanical Garden. Fun for the whole family! Participate in family activities around the Garden and Greenheart TreeWalk and learn all about biodiversity and life on land.
Plant Propagation for the People (UBC community)
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12 pm
Learn how to make your own plants using seeds, cuttings, and divisions and learn more about plants, how to support pollinators, reduce waste, and creating a culture of sharing plant materials within our campus community.
UBC Biodiversity and Climate Action Ideas Showcase
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Join us to celebrate UBC student and community-led research on biodiversity! Learn more about nature-based solutions, including climate justice, green infrastructure, biomimicry, biodiversity conservation and food security.
Event: Salmonberry Stories: Signs of Culture in Forest Biological Diversity
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 1 pm – 2 pm
Take a mind walk through forests of home and discover how they're transformed by cultures that understand the connectedness of living beings.
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Vancouver Bird Celebration
May 8-16, 2021
As part of Vancouver Bird Celebration, efforts across campus are underway to mitigate bird strikes and support both resident and migratory birds. Learn more about Vancouver Bird Celebration here.
BC Bioblitz in Schools: Monitoring Pollinators and their Plants
The BC Bioblitz in Schools is a citizen science effort to track biodiversity within a designated time and location. This Spring, we are co-hosting a school bioblitz across BC to engage close to 50 schools (40 elementary and 9 secondary school) in monitoring pollinators and their plants.
This collective effort is part of the David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway Program and is organized by the BIMBY Butterflies Community Science Project. Learn more here.
Event Organizers: Biodiversity Days is hosted by UBC Botanical Garden in collaboration with SEEDS Sustainability Program and the Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity Initiative (CCUB). See the full list of scheduled events https://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/news-events/events-activities/