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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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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, October 09, 2008

GETTING “THIGGY” WITH MILO THE SEA LION | Hugh  buttonLink

GETTING “THIGGY” WITH MILO THE SEA LION

Thigmotaxis is the scientific term to describe an animal’s need to be in physical contact with another animal. The mammalogist call positive thigmotaxis “Getting Thiggy”. Milo our young California sea lion definitely likes to get Thiggy with his trainers.

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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 | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, July 31, 2008

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS | Hugh  buttonLink

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS

An adult blue whale can eat over 4 tons of krill per day and just like you and I after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods, a lot of what enters our body via the mouth, usually exits the body a bit further down.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

TOPAZ: THE CAT THAT THE AQUARIUM WAS BUILT AROUND | Hugh  buttonLink

TOPAZ: THE CAT THAT THE AQUARIUM WAS BUILT AROUND

Which animal at the Aquarium of the Pacific has been there the longest? Is it one of the sea otters? Perhaps it’s one of the seals? Maybe even one of the sharks? Actually the animal with the longest tenure at the Aquarium is Topaz the cat. Now… I know what you’re thinking: What is a cat doing at an aquarium? Well, truth be told, Topaz was here at the site way before the first fish ever swam here. This is his story.

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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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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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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer

I’ve been asked by visitors to the Aquarium what my favorite pinniped is. Most of them expect my answer to be either the California sea lion (like Miller) or the Harbor seal (like Ellie) because of how much I work and play with these critters. They are surprised when I tell them that the Elephant seal is actually my favorite. This is the story of how a young elephant seal once saved this volunteer from a mauling by a pack of wild animals.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit) | Hugh  buttonLink

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit)

Just because you don’t have a handy sea lion around doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun training animals. Any critter can be trained as long as you know what makes it happy!

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