Science Literacy Week
B is for Biodiversity
Every year the UBC Okanagan Library participates in Science Literacy Week, an annual event that showcases a theme in Canadian science. This year, the theme is Biodiversity. Whether you are near or far, we invite you to explore some of the activities and information below to learn more about Biodiversity.
UBC Okanagan researchers are engaged in a number of activities that attempt to understand Biodiversity, from studying variation within a species to determining the impacts of climate change on diversity. Their research informs us on how to become more conscientious citizens and best plan for the future.
Below is a showcase of four early-career researchers actively engaged in Biodiversity research.
Book and film list
Peruse UBC Library’s curated list of some of the best books and films about Biodiversity and all it has to offer.
UBC Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library have partnered to create a fun and interactive activity for all ages. Explore Biodiversity in your own backyard! Activities include identifying local species, visiting a honey farm, and touring trails and outside spaces.
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt
Presented by the UBC Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library in celebration of Science Literacy Week 2020
What is the nsyilxcən word for “water”?
How many species of bees live in the Okanagan?
What invasive species has spread rapidly throughout Okanagan Lake, and requires a special lawnmower to cut it back?
The ______, a region’s climate, soils, and terrain, is greatly affected by biodiversity and creates better wine!
Visit the Maude Roxby Wetland.
Did you know you can take a Wild Mushroom Tour in the Okanagan? Take a photo of a wild mushroom you’ve found.
Take a socially distanced walk on Knox Mountain Park and see if you can find a rare or endangered species (flora or fauna).
What sweet treat can you buy at Arlo’s that supports biodiversity in Kelowna?
Take a photo of an Okanagan wildflower.
Go for a stroll around your neighborhood and listen to the birds. Record an audio or video clip of the loveliest song.
Take a picture, or draw, three wild animals you may see around the Okanagan.
Track some of your bird sightings using a bird watching app like eBird.
Write a short poem or song to do with biodiversity.
Print off and color your favorite page from the Biodiversity Heritage Library “Color our Collections”. Or draw your own illustration and color.
Draw a picture of a famous Canadian bird.
Plant a pollinator-friendly flower in your garden.
What is the Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt?
An interactive game where the goal is to complete all the activities on the board.
How do I fill it out?
After you’ve completed an activity, cross off the item on the board. If you would like to showcase your photos, art, or writing, please share them with us on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #BiodiversityScavengerHunt!
How many items do I need to complete?
At least 50% of the board. You can choose from any of the items.
When do I have to have this completed by?
Submit your entry by September 30th.
How can I submit my entry?
Please email your completed board to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name. Your name will be entered into a draw to win a prize. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 2nd.
What is the prize?
Both the UBC Library and the Okanagan Regional Library will draw 1 winner. The winner will have the opportunity to select 1 book on Biodiversity for each respective library.
Events and Activities from UBC Library
The UBC Library in Vancouver is hosting virtual events and activities.
What is that Wildflower? Monday, September 21, 2020 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
Citizen Science Tools workshop Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (11:00am – 1:00pm)
Local programming for all ages
For Science Literacy Week (September 21 to 27), each day, Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers will read a story online and lead a related hands-on activity to convey the excitement and influence of STEM in our everyday lives!
Science Literacy Week events
Science Literacy Week events and activities are hosted online by libraries, museums, science centres, schools, and not-for-profits all across Canada.