Biogeoscience Institute Open House

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us!

We are pleased to invite you to the Annual Biogeoscience Institute Open House at the Barrier Lake Field Station on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Activities run from 11 a.m. - 3 .p.m., including research walks, science stations, nature-minded crafts for children, and opportunities to meet the summer researchers. At 2 p.m., Dr. Greg McDermid will be presenting his current research, “Alberta grizzly bears will feel the effects of climate change”. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities, and to check out our newly-renovated science building!

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Programming

Researcher Led Walks

11 a.m.: What’s Blooming?

11:30 a.m.: Formidable Formicidae (Ants!)

12 p.m.: Beautiful Butterflies

12:30 p.m.: Alpine Aquatics

1 p.m.: Barrier Lake History Walk

Science Crafts for Kids

Outside

11-12 p.m.: Animal Tracks

12-3 p.m: Pinecone and Rock Painting

Science For Kids

Discovery Room 110

Led by education team

Meet and Greet Researchers

Discovery Room 114

12 - 2 p.m.: Meet and greet the summer researchers to learn about active projects in the area

Greg McDermid

Featured Researcher Talk

2 p.m., Discovery Room 114

Alberta grizzly bears will feel the effects of climate change with Dr. Greg McDermid

Toward the end of each summer, grizzly bears in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains gorge on the tart red berries of a shrub called Canada buffaloberry. Lacking the salmon of coastal populations, the feast is the largest caloric event on an Alberta grizzly bear’s menu. This is the time when individuals gain much of the weight needed for hibernation. 

But research out of the University of Calgary, shows that rising temperatures are advancing the development of plants like buffaloberry, pushing forward the timing of this annual buffet. By the year 2080, buffaloberries in the Rockies will ripen nearly three weeks earlier than they presently do. Researchers predict this change will alter the behaviour of the region’s grizzly bears, and perhaps threaten the reproductive rates of this vulnerable population.

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