Thursday, October 23, 2008
The watershed of Southern California through its rivers, creeks, and washes, feeds wetland areas that support biodiversity within our urban environment. These wetlands help maintain an environmental food chain that runs from the tiniest worm and plant to high end carnivores On a walk through one of these wetlands earlier this year, my wife Pam and I encountered one of these high end carnivores in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, California.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Let talk about our good friend, Keith the nurse shark who lives in Shark Lagoon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Whenever the Aquarium’s marketing department gets a request from an outside organization that would like to have someone come to speak about our operation to a group or present information at fiestas and other events, it is volunteers who take the ball and run with it, sharing our joys and the wonders of the Pacific Ocean with others.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Thigmotaxis is the scientific term to describe an animal’s need to be in physical contact with another animal. The mammalogist call positive thigmotaxis “Getting Thiggy”. Milo our young California sea lion definitely likes to get Thiggy with his trainers.
Monday, October 06, 2008
I love giving tours of the Aquarium of the Pacific to friends and relatives who seem to enjoy having a personal guide who I can share all sorts of interesting and amazing facts with. Learning, and sharing my knowledge about the ocean are among the reasons I enjoy volunteering here so much.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wildlife seen on a walk from the mouth of the San Gabriel River between Alamitos Bay and Seal Beach, to where the river turns into a cement storm channel about 4 miles inland.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Members of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Green Team visited the Santa Barbara Zoo recently to learn about the green initiatives practiced there, in an effort to learn how other institutions are helping to green the planet.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Earlier this year, fellow blogger and marine mammal volunteer Hugh introduced our readers to the Aquarium’s Program Animals. Just because we’re an Aquarium doesn’t mean you won’t find a few terrestrial animals here and there! Our Program Animals, made up of a group of reptiles, birds, and mammals, serve as animal ambassadors by helping us educate our guests about the importance of the relationships between the land and the ocean, as well as promoting habitat conservation on a global scale. Keep an eye out for Melissa, our Program Keeper, and her staff because chances are good that they will have some kind of critter out on the floor for you to meet and learn about. I recently joined the family of Program Animal volunteers, and I would like to share some wonderful information with our readers about one of my favorite program animals: Borrego, the California desert tortoise!
Monday, September 08, 2008
When Perry Hampton arrived in Long Beach in February of 1997 from Baltimore, one of his first duties was to help establish holding facilities for the many animals they would soon begin to accumulate for the Aquarium’s exhibits. These facilities provided interesting challenges and had them improvising creative solutions to problems on a daily basis. Perry Hampton is the Director of Husbandry at the Aquarium of the Pacific.