REPORTING · 27th May 2012
The Kitimat Museum and Archives is hosting Aliens Among Us, a traveling exhibit from the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. The Museum hosted a grand opening for the exhibit on Saturday, May 19th.
“The aliens we are talking about are not just green men from another world but plants and animals new to BC from other parts of our world. They included the American Bull Frog, the Northern Raccoon, a Feral Cat and Scotch-Broom,” said Museum Curator, Louis Avery.
She explained these were just some of the exhibits on display in the Museum Gallery before calling on several guest speakers.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan expressed she was not one of the aliens. She thanked the Royal BC Museum for bringing the Alien species to the BC environment.
“There are over 4000 alien species in BC and the number is growing each year,” said Monaghan.
MLA Robin Austin was the next speaker. “People have spoken about this exhibit and I think that it’s very interesting and very exiting that it would come to a small community like Kitimat,” said Austin.
Gary Mitchell, Director of Collections, Research and Access Services and Provincial Archivist for the Royal BC Museum welcomed everyone as well.
“We at the Royal BC Museum, for over a century, have fulfilled a societal obligation to you to prepare and study the natural history of British Columbia,” said Mitchell. “[this program has] been traveling through out British Columbia to make British Columbians, our Children and ourselves more aware of the impact of species that have come from a far.”
Each of the speakers talked about invasive species. Mitchell stated the alien species could have positive benefits and negative impacts. They have to study and investigate the impact on us.
Accompanying the exhibit was a display from the Northwest Invasive Plant Council. The display helps people identify invasive plants and learn how to get rid of them so we can protect our environment from invasive species.
The Alien’s Among Us will be in Kitimat until August 11th. Check them out while they are still here.