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Sunday, January 04, 2009

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE | Hugh  buttonLink

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE

In my over 20 years of being involved with marine mammals I’ve had some memorable moments.  One of the most memorable was the day back in the early 1990s when a whale research crew that I was part of helped a Bay Watch Lifeguard rescue an entangled gray whale just offshore of the cliffs of Point Vicente.  The following story is about that day.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Green Snowflakes | Guest Blogger  buttonLink

Green Snowflakes

Guests visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific during the holidays have noticed our beautiful snowflakes hanging throughout. They are always surprised to find out that they were made by staff and that they are easy to make yourself. Not only that, they are a great way to use up those old plastic six-pack rings!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Being secretary of Marine Conservation Research Institute is interesting, educational | Josie  buttonLink

Being secretary of Marine Conservation Research Institute is interesting, educational

As secretary to the Aquarium’s Marine Research Conservation Institute, I find that I learn a lot more about conservation, ocean issues, and all sorts of other things as they relate to the Aquarium and to the world.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild

It’s one of those feel good episodes that makes me proud that I volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. An injured endangered green sea turtle is nursed back to health by Aquarium staff and released back into the wild.

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Conservation | Mammals

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH BOBCATS | Hugh  buttonLink

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH BOBCATS

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.

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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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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Green Team Field Trip to Santa Barbara Zoo | Josie  buttonLink

Green Team Field Trip to Santa Barbara Zoo

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.

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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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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Conservation | Volunteering

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise

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!

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Conservation | Education | Sharks

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Animal Encounter: Sharks! | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Encounter: Sharks!

Whew!  It’s been a busy summer here at the Aquarium!  Extraordinary whale watches, energetic day camps, packed Behind-the-scenes Tours, and hopping Summer Sundays.  Our animal encounters have also been quite popular, and one of the encounters I’ve had the pleasure of leading recently focuses on the ocean’s most perfect predators:  SHARKS!  If you have ever wanted to have an up-close and personal, hands-on experience with these magnificent creatures, then this is the encounter for you.

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