Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hi! I’m Sara, an aviculturist at the Aquarium of the Pacific. What is an aviculturist? Well, it’s a very lucky person that gets to care for the bird collection at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In this blog, you will get a glimpse into what being an aviculturist is all about. By the end of my blog, you may just become a bigger bird nerd than me!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
October was a great month for whale watching and we even spotted more than just whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds! We got some rare avian visitors who stayed in town for eight days straight! The masked boobies were stealing the show for many of our trips and bird enthusiasts came from miles to see these rarities. Read on to read about these birds and see some great photos!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
What I wouldn’t do for a nice cool smoothie on a warm day… I think sometimes our Lorikeets feel the same way! Giving food to animals can be a great form of enrichment. Food is an excellent motivator and presenting it in a new or unique way can elicit foraging behaviors and even encourage problem solving strategies.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Lorikeets turn into Piranha-keets for Halloween
The lorikeets of Lorikeet Forest decided that the Halloween pumpkin they were given wasn’t scary enough so they proceeded to carve some improvements into it using their beaks. Check out the time-lapse video of their work.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Birds are smart. And they like to chew… a lot. This can make creating enrichment items for them quite challenging. Staccie, one of my fellow enrichment volunteers, created a stimulating piñata as an enrichment item for one of our toughest “clients”—Lola the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Newsom the penguin decided to explore the penguin under-look for the first time at the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit recently. Check out the video of him watching his penguin mates from the guest perspective.
Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
The blue whale definitely took center stage this summer with their amazing displays of size and appetite, but what about their smaller cousins? The blues have continued to give us great trips with their surface lunge feeding but the fin whales and minkes have also been around feeding along with the blues on the krill! Read on to learn about these other guys!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I’m sure many of you, over your visits to the Aquarium, have noticed chew- toys in the otter exhibit, lorikeets picking at carved pumpkins or melons, discarded parts from a popular, potato-faced children’s toy outside the octopus’s cave, and the sea lions hopping on and jumping off floating rafts in their exhibit. These are all types of animal enrichment.