BYU Game Day

Friday, November 20, 2015

HEY Cougar Fans!

I don't know if you guys are privy to this or not, but did you know that we are having our last BYU Game Day on November 21?  Have you had the chance to drop by to any of our other ones?

If not, no fear!  This is the one you don't want to miss!

Along with some other locations on BYU campus, we will be participating in a scavenger hunt.

Our hunt exercises:
1. Take a selfie in the museum and #BYUgameday and #beanmuseum and tag us @beanmuseum
2. Find a museum educator (green polos), make your best animal impression (movements and noise!)  Bonus to those who let us record it!  You could be the next YouTube sensation!

The scavenger hunt isn't even the most exciting thing going on, though...  *drum roll*

These lovely ladies will be here to take pictures, sign autographs, play some putting games, and just hang out with us and you!

Come hang out for the last Game Day of the year!

Heather, museum educator

Halloween Family Night 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015
First off, a BIG thank you to all the dinosaurs, jedi knights, princesses, fairies, ghosts and ghouls who came to our Halloween Family Night!

For those that didn't pencil us in, you sure missed out!

We had face painting, candy, prizes, spiders, cockroaches, a spooktacular photo-booth, and a SPECIAL, once a year, spooky live animal show put on by our amazing museum educators!

It was a great turn out, so hopefully you can all make it next year!

Until then, be on the lookout for more fun activities at the Bean Life Science Museum!

Heather, museum educator


Nature Experienceship - Wild Edibles with Dr. Tom Smith

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Did you know that you can grab a snack while walking through campus?  I’m not talking about from the snack machines.  Would you believe that BYU campus is full of edible plants?!

Who would have known that there are so many edible plants that we encounter every day? Last Saturday, Dr. Tom Smith opened our eyes to all of the wild edibles in the world around us! Getting up bright and early (at 8:00am) is never easy or desirable, but tasting some of Dr. Smith’s culinary creations (that he made using only wild plants) made it completely worth it. We sampled everything from elderberry syrup to cookies made out of homemade acorn flour! Everything was delicious!

We then set out on a walk around BYU’s campus to search for more wild edibles to collect. It was a cool crisp autumn morning; perfect for an educational stroll! The students in the group (myself included) were amazed to discover how many edible plants they regularly passed while walking to class everyday! Dr. Smith taught us how to make nutritious herbal teas out of pine needles, which flowers would spice up any party salad, and even which trees made the best drink flavorings! We were also given personal bags to collect all of the plants that we wanted! To wrap up the event, we all brought what we had collected back to the JFSB to prepare it. Of all the wild edibles we ate, my favorite had to be the acorn muffins that we cooked at the end! Mmmmmmmm!

Thank you so much, Dr. Smith!

Keep an eye out for our next Nature Experienceship!
You won’t want to miss it!

Cori, museum educator

Nature Experienceship - Birding on Antelope Island with Merrill Webb

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Getting up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday never seems like a good idea.  However, when you're getting up at the crack of dawn to go on a birding adventure, suddenly it's not all bad.  

Saturday, September 12 a group of lucky bird-watchers got the chance to go out with Merrill Webb, one of the state's top bird experts.  With almost 40 years of birding experience, he certainly knows his stuff!

We drove out to Antelope Island, just north of Salt Lake City, for this birding endeavor.  When we got there we were not disappointed with what we saw!  40 different species of bird!

Birds sighted:
1. Northern Shoveler
2. Chukar
3. Ring-necked Pheasant
4. Eared Grebe
5. American White Pelican
6. Turkey Vulture
7. Northern Harrier
8. Cooper's Hawk
9. American Kestral
10. American Coot
11. Killdeer
12. Black-necked Stilt
13. American Avocet
14. Long-billed Curlew
15. Red-necked Phalarope
16. Franklin's Gull
17. Ring-billed Gull
18. California Gull
19. Mourning Dove
20. Great Horned Owl
21. Burrowing Owl
22. Common Nighthawk
23. Downy Woodpecker
24. Norther Flicker
25. Western Wood-Pewee
26. Plumbeous Vireo
27. Black-billed Magpie
28. Common Raven
29. Barn Swallow
30. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
31. Townsend's Solitaire
32. Hermit Thrush
33. American Robin
34. Sage Thrasher
35. European Starling
36. Yellow-rumped Warbler
37. White-throated Sparrow
38. Red-winged Blackbird
39. Western Meadowlark
40. Yellow-headed Blackbird

Seriously!  We were so lucky!  Birds are amazing, and having the opportunity to adventure with Merrill Webb was incredible!

Thanks to everyone who came and especially to Mr. Webb!  

For those that didn't, there is always next year!

Heather, museum educator

Wildlife Adventures - "Cave Crawlers" (Week 5)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
To trogloxenes who this may concern:

Tuesday: This day we dedicated to preparing us for the awesome journey to middle earth. We learned about what lives in a cave, how the creatures are adapted to live (for example a Blindfish has to little to no eyes - literally - and has a head extra sensitive to vibrations so that the fish can navigate the black cave waters), we played Marco-Polo bat style with bats blindfolded and listening to the "eek" of their insect prey, and we found out that humans are trogloxenes (or "cave guests" we may use it as a home or to visit but not permanently). After our detailed preparation, we all readied ourselves for the field test.

Thursday: With nothing less than ecstatic excitement we made our first move at 11am. We piled in our vans, buckled up, and arrived safely to the foot of our climb. All 23 of us made the arduous, but worthwhile, journey up to Timpanogos Cave. It was amazing! Some of our favorites were the "cave bacon" (long, thin strips of calcite that forms from water running repeatedly over the same spot and it looks deliciously like bacon), stalactites and stalagmites, and thousands of tiny formations that look like curly fries covering an entire cavern. The uphill battle was well worth the amazing look into the mountain's brains (there were some crazy formations that could be compared to the inner workings of the human brain...or maybe the digestive system, it's debatable). We made our journey down happily and grateful to have seen such an amazing site. 

Mary, museum educator


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