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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 | 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 | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Simply Enriching | Dominique  buttonLink

Simply Enriching

Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Early Birds Get the Worms | Dominique  buttonLink

Early Birds Get the Worms

Some enrichments are so intriguing, everyone wants to use them. I built a feeding enrichment full of worms for some of the foraging shorebirds. It brought in not just the shorebirds, but even the ducks… though they were a little late to the party. And you know what they say: “the early bird gets the worm.”

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Do Birds Do That? | Sara  buttonLink

How Do Birds Do That?

Ever wonder why lorikeets sop up their nectar like a mop? Or why penguins replace all of their feathers once a year? This blog post will inform you on some of the amazing adaptations that birds utilize to be so successful in whatever habitat they live in.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Different Strokes for Different Birds | Dominique  buttonLink

Different Strokes for Different Birds

Even when enrichments don’t work out the way people want them to, the animals still have fun!

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