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Animal Updates | Birds | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Extinct in the Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Extinct in the Wild

The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

It sometimes gives me the chills when I see these beautiful birds during my Aquarium volunteer shift. The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher is extinct in the wild. When I look at them I feel like I’m seeing living ghosts.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Friday, May 30, 2014

May of Grays | Julien  buttonLink

May of Grays

We have officially said goodbye to the grays as we transition into blue whale season, though we are still seeing a few cow/calf pairs heading north. Read on to see the final numbers and read about our humpback whale surprise!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Enrichment Challenge! Part 3

Frozen Treats for Ian

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment deceives using rubber. Check out the third of three creative enrichments we came up with and see all the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Force is Strong with this Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Force is Strong with this Otter

Brook is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care. This May she turned 17 years old. Many know her as the light saber-wielding Darth Otter from the online viral video. However this otter is more Yoda than Vader.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, May 15, 2014

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales!

Gray whale season is winding down but we had a pretty exciting April with around 36 cow/calf pairs of grays heading back up north so the females can eat again and wean their calves. Read on to see news on humpbacks, killer whales, dolphins, and a rare bird!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Enrichment Challenge! Part 2  buttonLink

Enrichment Challenge! Part 2

Pompoms for the Lorikeets

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment deceives using rubber. Check out the second of three creative enrichments we came up with and see all the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Video

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Penguins are Habit-Forming | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguins are Habit-Forming

Why watch television soap operas and sitcoms at home when you can just come down to Long Beach and be entertained by the wee waddling wayfarers known as Magellanic Penguins. Warning! Way-too-cute penguin video Ahead!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Enrichment Challenge! | Dominique  buttonLink

Enrichment Challenge!

Part 1: A Stingray for Lola

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment devices using rubber. Check out the first of three creative enrichments we came up with and see the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Skim Hunting Osprey | Hugh  buttonLink

Skim Hunting Osprey

An Osprey's out of the ordinary fish hunting technique.

One of the benefits of being out in the field recording data on the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River for NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific is that Nature is always putting on a show. This past weekend we were fortunate to witness a rare hunting technique sometimes utilized by Ospreys. Skim Hunting.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Enrichment

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Penguin Party! | Dominique  buttonLink

Penguin Party!

We threw the penguins a party! While it’s breeding season for the penguins, not all of them are stuck at home in their nest box. We planned a bright and colorful enrichment session for a few of the penguins, not currently preoccupied with nesting.

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