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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific

My favorite time on Saturday mornings during my weekly volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific is the hour just after the Aquarium opens and just before the majority of our guests arrive. This week’s blog includes a short point-of-view video shot last Saturday via a “volunteer-cam” in an attempt to share with you, the reader, a bit of the magic of that first hour of the day.

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Education | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, June 29, 2009

“Where Can I Get One of Those?” | Staci  buttonLink

“Where Can I Get One of Those?”

Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals.  Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets.  I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have.  While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet.  Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, June 18, 2009

AQUARIUM CRITTERS IN SLOW MOTION | Hugh  buttonLink

From an otter carefully grooming her fur to a porcupine enjoying a ride on his keeper’s arm; sometimes the beauty of an animal can best be seen in slow motion. This week’s blog includes a video of some of the Aquarium’s critters viewed in slow motion.

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Education | Whale Watching | Birds | Mammals

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Follow That Bird! | Kera  buttonLink

Follow That Bird!

One of the most common questions I get while on the boats is “How do you find the whales and dolphins? Does that Captain use radar?”  Unfortunately, no. I wish it were that easy! We rely on our eyes to do the searching. There are a couple of things we look for to get us in the right direction and as I like to say, “Follow the birds!”

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, April 23, 2009

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM | Hugh  buttonLink

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM

Although during the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed, the animals still need to be cared for and necessary facility maintenance can be taken care of. For a husbandry volunteer it may look like a thankless job to be working in an empty aquarium while the roar and excitement of the Grand Prix Celebrity race are just yards away outside the front entrance but in reality its a day that veteran volunteers look forward to. Its one of the few times of the year that the husbandry staff has the Aquarium critters to themselves and, after the necessary chores are done, can have a days worth of playtime with the animals.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 Random Things About The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Since the theme of “25 Random Things About Me” seems to be the “now” thing at social networking sites lately; this week’s blog is about 25 random things about the Aquarium of the Pacific that you may or may not have known.

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Volunteering | Birds

Monday, February 02, 2009

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR | Hugh  buttonLink

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR

After a long day of entertaining visitors to Lorikeet Forest, Piper, Bo and the rest of the Lories occasionally look forward to an Avian “Happy Hour” after the last guest has left. These frenzied flock of feathered frolickers take in the fun of bowls of smoothies and nectar and the opening of the toy-box!

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals | Turtles

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River

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.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Turtles

Thursday, September 11, 2008

NOTES FROM THE RIVER | Hugh  buttonLink

NOTES FROM THE RIVER

“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.

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Conservation | 10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Sharks | Turtles

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES

This June 20th is the tenth anniversary of the Grand Opening of the Aquarium of the Pacific back in 1998. However, this June 6th is my ten year anniversary of the day that I started volunteering at the Aquarium. To commemorate my anniversary day, this week’s blog is about my top ten Aquarium memories and experiences.

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