Monday, January 21, 2008
The volunteer training team launched our first one-day Aquarium 101 session, which despite a few glitches, went quite well, much to our relief and that of our director of Volunteer Services. What a fun day we had, too, energized, as always, by the incredible enthusiasm and interest of our new volunteers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Two female and two male American Goldeneyes, (Bucephala clangula Americana) now in quarantine, are destined for the Shorebird Sanctuary ecosystem sometime in January 2008.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
As I returned to the Aquarium to resume my volunteering, I discovered that a few things have changed since my last visit!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Through my blog, I met two of the nicest people, who came from Germany to visit Long Beach for two days before embarking on a cruise to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The day ended with a $20 donation to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department.
Friday, December 28, 2007
As much as I love writing about animals, I think I’m going to take this blog entry in a different direction. As we get ready to bid farewell to another year, I always like to think back and reflect on year’s past. When I first interviewed to volunteer at the Aquarium, all I could think about was being able to learn about and help care for an awesome collection of animals. What I didn’t count on, however, was the amazing group of dedicated individuals that I would get to work with and learn from!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Going to kindergarten can be loads of fun, even when you’re an adult like me. I greatly enjoy my monthly forays back into the classroom worlds of little children, where I get to see the enthusiasm and lust for learning that one experiences when young.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
There are only a few days out of the year where the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public. One of them is Christmas day. However, like working on a farm, people who care for animals can’t all take the whole day off because the fishes, mammals and birds still need to be fed and tended to, so on Christmas day there will be a small cadre of husbandry staff spending the holiday with the critters.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, 12-1, was a very busy day at the Aquarium.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Aquarium got a visit from some cool (literally) birds as I fed some bat rays and collected plankton straight from the ocean! This doesn’t happen much at all, so I was quite excited.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Meeting People From Other Countries Is a Great Way to Get In Some Practice Speaking Foreign Language | Josie
Many people from various other parts of the world visit the Aquarium of the Pacific regularly, and I’m lucky enough to be able to speak with some of them in their native tongues.