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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Enrichment Challenge! Part 2

Pompoms for the Lorikeets

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment deceives using rubber. Check out the second of three creative enrichments we came up with and see all the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Video

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Penguins are Habit-Forming | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguins are Habit-Forming

Why watch television soap operas and sitcoms at home when you can just come down to Long Beach and be entertained by the wee waddling wayfarers known as Magellanic Penguins. Warning! Way-too-cute penguin video Ahead!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Enrichment Challenge! | Dominique  buttonLink

Enrichment Challenge!

Part 1: A Stingray for Lola

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment devices using rubber. Check out the first of three creative enrichments we came up with and see the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Skim Hunting Osprey | Hugh  buttonLink

Skim Hunting Osprey

An Osprey's out of the ordinary fish hunting technique.

One of the benefits of being out in the field recording data on the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River for NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific is that Nature is always putting on a show. This past weekend we were fortunate to witness a rare hunting technique sometimes utilized by Ospreys. Skim Hunting.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Enrichment

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Penguin Party! | Dominique  buttonLink

Penguin Party!

We threw the penguins a party! While it’s breeding season for the penguins, not all of them are stuck at home in their nest box. We planned a bright and colorful enrichment session for a few of the penguins, not currently preoccupied with nesting.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Friday, April 11, 2014

Parenting and Predation | Julien  buttonLink

Parenting and Predation

We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Turtles | Volunteering

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014 | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014

Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Musical Magpie | Dominique  buttonLink

Musical Magpie

The Aquarium’s magpie Ian seems to like making noise and tapping out a beat with his beak. We gave him a toy piano to see if he could turn the beat into music.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Turtles | Volunteering

Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, March 20, 2014

False Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

False Killer Whales!

“A what killer whale?” This might be the first question you have after reading the title of this blog. Answer: super cool, super rare toothed whales. Read on to see some more information and pictures!

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