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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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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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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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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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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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Monday, December 09, 2013

Delivering Holiday Treats to the Animals | Dominique  buttonLink

Delivering Holiday Treats to the Animals

Check out the enrichment items and treats our animals got during this year’s Holiday Treats Festival! Both animals and humans had so much fun!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Story of Heidi and Anderson | Sara  buttonLink

The Story of Heidi and Anderson

Meet Heidi and Anderson, the first chicks born at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. This is their story, from egg to fully feathered juveniles.

In this blog you get a chance to meet Heidi and Anderson, Floyd and Roxy’s first chicks. They hatched this past June 19th and 25th, and are the first chicks born at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. I got the chance to help raise them both, and will give you a glimpse into what it was like to watch them grow into the “teens” that they are today!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Meet an Aviculturist | Sara  buttonLink

Meet an Aviculturist

Hi! I’m Sara, an aviculturist at the Aquarium of the Pacific. What is an aviculturist? Well, it’s a very lucky person that gets to care for the bird collection at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In this blog, you will get a glimpse into what being an aviculturist is all about. By the end of my blog, you may just become a bigger bird nerd than me!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Food Treats for Lorikeets! | Dominique  buttonLink

Food Treats for Lorikeets!

What I wouldn’t do for a nice cool smoothie on a warm day… I think sometimes our Lorikeets feel the same way! Giving food to animals can be a great form of enrichment. Food is an excellent motivator and presenting it in a new or unique way can elicit foraging behaviors and even encourage problem solving strategies.

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