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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium | Staci  buttonLink

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium

Whether you’re maintaining an exhibit that holds 200 gallons or 200,000 gallons, filtration is an integral part of any successful man-made marine habitat. Recently, I mentioned that the Aquarium filters approximately 1,000,000 gallons of salt water per hour to support over 12,000 marine residents. Why is filtration necessary? Fortunately, the Education Department provided me with a wealth of information on filtration practices in effect at the Aquarium of the Pacific that I would love to share with you!

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Education | Volunteering | Fish | Mammals

Sunday, May 25, 2008

It’s so nice to be appreciated! | Josie  buttonLink

It’s so nice to be appreciated!

Along with the national Volunteer Appreciation Week came lots of treats for those of us who give our time freely for no pay at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My, how it’s nice to be appreciated!

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Education | Mammals

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters | Staci  buttonLink

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters

In addition to continuing to blog about some of the goings-on in the Marine Mammal Department, I thought it would be nice to share some stories from other parts of the Aquarium as well!  I’ve recently started as an Aquarist Volunteer in our Tropical Gallery, and I continue to be part of the paid staff in the Education Department.  Each job brings new and exciting duties, and this past week was the first time I was able to lead one of our Animal Encounters focusing on one of my favorite animals:  the sea otter. Ever wondered how we prepare for our Sea Otter Encounter and what happens during the two-hour tour?

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer | Josie  buttonLink

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer

Thanks to our inter-departmental Emergency Operations Center-which works to ensure that we can handle emergencies to safeguard the well-being of our guests, staff, and animals-and the cooperation of area emergency response agencies, I feel quite safe here, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chickens aren’t the only ones | Josie  buttonLink

Chickens aren’t the only ones

I spent another day with the kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with which the Aquarium of the Pacific has a partnership, helping Emily teach this month’s science lesson on eggs. We showed the children that chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs, and they were totally amazed when they saw how large a leatherback turtle grows, after being born from an egg that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.

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Education | Volunteering

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From | Staci  buttonLink

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From

Roughly 12,500 Pacific Ocean animals representing almost 500 species reside here at the Aquarium.  No matter what their differences in appearance or habitat, all of them rely on one very important ingredient in their daily lives: seawater.

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Conservation | Education | Mammals

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know! | Staci  buttonLink

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know!

They’re undeniably entertaining, extremely resourceful, and have the densest fur of any animal on the planet! What animal am I talking about?  Why, the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), of course!

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class | Josie  buttonLink

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class

Kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in downtown Long Beach learned about the characteristics of living things during a recent science lesson presented by an Aquarium of the Pacific educator. The Aquarium and Cesar Chavez Elementary have been in a partnership since the school opened a few years ago; the science lessons, provided for all grade levels, are a component of that partnership.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success | Josie  buttonLink

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success

More than half a ton of trash disappeared from the streets of Long Beach on a recent Saturday morning as about 340 people helped pick up refuse in the Downtown Long Beach area surrounding Cesar Chavez Park.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Inviting Myself To ‘Hang Out’ With Kindergarteners | Josie  buttonLink

Every now and again it’s great fun to tag along with a school group of touring children, to enjoy their enthusiasm for the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as to enlighten them with facts about our wonderful animals and our waves exhibit.

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