Thursday, April 24, 2014
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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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.”
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Even when enrichments don’t work out the way people want them to, the animals still have fun!
Monday, December 09, 2013
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!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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!