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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Urban Sea Turtle ID | Hugh  buttonLink

Urban Sea Turtle ID

Photo-Identifying the Green Sea Turtles in the San Gabriel River

Since 2008 I’ve been photographing the urban green sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. This colony was little known until recently. It is one of Nature’s best kept secrets in Southern California. With six years of images of surfacing sea turtles on file we’ve started going through the photos trying to identify individual turtles.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014 | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014

Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

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.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Guide to Urban Sea Turtle Watching | Hugh  buttonLink

Guide to Urban Sea Turtle Watching

Hints and anecdotes for viewing the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River.

The San Gabriel River is one of the main watersheds of the Los Angeles Basin. It is also the home of the Northern most colony of Green Sea Turtles and offers prime viewing opportunities for this threatened species.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

15 Years of Aquarium Memories | Hugh  buttonLink

15 Years of Aquarium Memories

The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Strolling Down the River with a Sea Turtle | Hugh  buttonLink

Strolling Down the River with a Sea Turtle

Hugh's Field Notes from the San Gabriel River

Strolling down the river with a sea turtle. A falcon hunts egrets and grebes. Sea lions creatively foraging in the river. A look at some of my field notes from a summer of Green Sea Turtle research at the San Gabriel River.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles | Hugh  buttonLink

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles

Come learn about a local endangered species.

On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH | Hugh  buttonLink

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH

About 6 miles away from the Aquarium of the Pacific on the east side of Long Beach runs an urban river with a very surprising wildlife colony. You’d expect to see them while on an exotic journey to Mexican or Hawaiian waters. Yet right under the noses of Southern Californian recreational cyclists riding the San Gabriel River bike path lives a colony of endangered green sea turtles!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE | Hugh  buttonLink

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE

Its been a little over a year now that the Aquarium has been conducting informal monthly observations of the Green Sea Turtle colony in the San Gabriel River. This week’s blog is a short summary of what has been seen during that time.

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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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