Biogeoscience Institute Open House
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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!
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
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
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.