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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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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Random Notes From An Aquarium Volunteer | Hugh  buttonLink

Random Notes From An Aquarium Volunteer

This week’s blog is just some quick random notes and images from around the Aquarium.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River

It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Are the Sea Turtles? | Staci  buttonLink

Where Are the Sea Turtles?

That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Independence Day fun at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Josie  buttonLink

Independence Day fun at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Spending the Fourth of July at the Aquarium of the Pacific was a fun and interesting way to celebrate the Independence of our country. I’m so glad I volunteered to work!

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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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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Party, party, party at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Josie  buttonLink

Party, party, party at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Parties are loads of fun, especially when they involve the Aquarium of the Pacific. The 10th Anniversary All-Staff Party was quite a shindig for volunteers and staff, and you can win an incredible Aquarium slumber party when you party like a sea star!

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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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Volunteering | Invertebrates

Friday, May 30, 2008

Would you like soup with that? | David  buttonLink

Would you like soup with that?

In this entry, I am going to share with you some of the things I learned about live foods and their upkeep.

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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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