Aliens Among Us invades Richmond Nature Park
Non-native species of all kinds have invaded the Richmond Nature Park.
To mark the arrival of the Royal B.C. Museum’s Alien’s Among Us exhibit, the nature park held a grand opening event last Saturday with games for children, face painting and live music and storytelling.
“It’s something different for us,” said Kristine Bauder the Richmond Nature Park coordinator.
“It’s nice to have something fresh and new,” she said.
Aliens Among Us features examples of various organisms including plants, mammals and marine life that have been found in B.C. but are non-native to the province.
“The beauty of this exhibit is it’s very timely,” said Bauder.
Invasive species are on everyone’s minds right now, particularly after a snakehead fish was spotted in Burnaby, she said.
The exhibit aims to help educate the public and help them understand why the introduction of non-native species into the ecosystem is of concern.
“We discourage people from introducing organisms into the ecosystem,” said Dr. Melissa Frey, the curator of the exhibit.
“We never know what a species is going to do,” she said.
The exhibit, which has been traveling around B.C., is at the Richmond Nature Park until June 2.