World Turtle Day, May 23, is an annual celebration of turtles and tortoises, but it's also an occasion to raise awareness about their disappearing habitats around the world. Having thrived for more than 200 million years, these endearing creatures are certainly worthy of celebration and awareness. At Shedd Aquarium, you’ll find least 17 species of turtles that will connect you to the living world and, we hope, inspire you to make a difference. You can start in your own backyard—and maybe that’s the Great Lakes region.
May 17 is Endangered Species Day. But we live among
threatened and endangered plant and animal species every day. You might see
them during a bird walk on the lakefront or on a hike through the Cook County
forest preserves. You will see them swimming in Shedd’s exhibits and even growing
in our gardens.
To celebrate International Migratory Bird Day—today!—we’re going to look at one of the most conspicuous migratory species that you’ll see on Shedd’s grounds. From its high-pitched trill to a flash of red on black to the surprising thunk on the back of your head, the red-winged blackbird is hard to ignore.
It’s Cinco de Mayo, a major celebration in Chicago. At Shedd Aquarium, you’ll meet some of Mexico’s most intriguing freshwater animals, like the ghostly blind cave fish and those tadpoles for life, axolotls, in the Islands and Lakes gallery. The iguana habitat in this gallery features reef fishes you’d find if you were diving off Cozumel or Yucatan.
Your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our oceans
and lakes – so make sure they’re positive ones! Every month, Shedd’s Right Bite team highlights a
sustainable seafood option that’s good for you and our planet.
The Fish of the Month for May
is Pacific halibut, which is on Shedd’s “best
choice list” for sustainability.
When was the last time you spent 9,000 hours doing something
you love? Two of Shedd’s volunteers, Bob Lippold and Lori Wheeles, have given
that much service to the aquarium, which divides out to 1,125 eight-hour days,
and many, many more four-hour weekly volunteer days.
Earth Day, April 22, is a special time for environmental celebration. But
what we do every day makes the real difference in the health of our planet,
including our waters. Here are several ways in which Shedd celebrates the
living world every day. Join us in contributing to a healthier environment!