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13 posts from July 2009

July 27, 2009

Young Naturalists field trip

Water-Quality-Week-FourThe Young Naturalists took a trip to North Park to develop their creative interpretation skills. At North Park they sampled water, tasted wild berries, and saw a variety of wildlife. From the trip, the Young Nat’s were able to apply the information they had learned within Shedd’s walls. Here is what they had to say:

Today I did something I never did before. From the advice my supervisor had given me, I was able to interpret the entire room at the school of fish post! It was so cool and people were really interested in what I had to say. At first I was afraid of that particular post, but now I can’t wait for the next time until I am there. I feel like I’ve improved so much!
-Claire F.

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July 22, 2009

Scratch a beluga's tongue

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Beluga-encounters Yesterday, members of the media experienced a special beluga encounter, one of Shedd's premium experiences. Below are a few stories we wanted to share:

Time Out Chicago
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Chicago Sun-Times
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July 19, 2009

Leaving the Bahamas

As the High School Marine Biology Program reaches its final week, students share how the experience in the field impacted his views on science

Now that the trip is almost over I can tell you my view on science has changed. Science is not just all fun and games. To get results you really need to work hard and put forth your best effort to make sure your data will come out completely unhampered in order to get actual results.

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July 18, 2009

Young Naturalists Week 3

CheerThe Young Naturalists at Shedd are midway through their summer program. Here are some thoughts from the Young Nats about their Shedd experience:

Knowing it’s the halfway point in the Young Naturalist program, I feel that I have gained so much confidence. Now outside of Shedd's walls, I find myself still saying hello and how are you to people I don't even know. From Shedd I’ve learned that I enjoy being around people. I LOVE THIS JOB!
-Claire F

I feel like I can confidently talk to guests about anything at Shedd. This internship has shown me that I can speak to guests about a variety of animals while answering their questions.
-Melissa N

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July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Bella She chirps. She breaches. She even dances, in a head-bobbing sort of way. We’re talking about beluga whale Bella, who turns 3 years old on Friday, July 17.

It’s only natural that you can see Bella confidently strutting her stuff during training sessions (and watch for her in the new aquatic show debuting later this summer). At 4 months, she became an international media star when ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” show ran an online contest to name her. “Bella” was the hands-down winner, and the little whale got comfortable with TV crews and bright lights – with her protective mom, Puiji, by her side, of course.

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July 16, 2009

Snorkeling in Cat Cay

Cassiopia7_14More from Shedd's High School Marine Biology participants studying in the Bahamas:

Today we journeyed to a part of Cat Cay that is under construction. It intrigued us to snorkel on this part of the island because we were unsure as to the affect that the construction had upon the natural habitats. Jumping into the water, we began surveying the area and were shocked to see that as we drew nearer to the alleged shore, we could barely see any signs of life at all. We also noticed that the shallow water was quite foggy, which made it hard to see. As we got closer to the shore line we began to notice that dredging that had already occurred from construction. Recognizing this, we were able to decipher from the apparent dredging that most animal life had vanished from the area.

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July 15, 2009

Shedd's Steve Irwin fellow

480P8260 The Steve Irwin Fellowship complements Shedd Aquarium’s mentor programs for Chicago high school students interested marine science careers. The three-week program includes a week at Shedd shadowing animal care staff members and two weeks in Australia gaining hands-on experience at partner zoological institutions. Katie Dziedzic, the third recipient of this prestigious fellowship, filed this report of her amazing experience:

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July 14, 2009

Visiting a shark lab

Sharkpen The second group of High School Marine Biology students have landed in the Bahamas. Here is a blog by two of the participants:

Today we visited a shark research lab on Bimini. We met a researcher named Kat who worked on not only protecting lemon sharks, which is the main species that they study, but also identify a number of other shark species that live in Bimini. She took us out to a pen and showed us some of the baby lemon sharks that they were studying. Some other shark species that live on Bimini are the tiger, bull and the occasional hammer head.

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July 11, 2009

Your favorite beluga whale

Shedd-Aquarium-Beluga-Whale-2 The opening of the reimagined Oceanarium also marked the return of the belugas. The calves – now nearly 2 and 3 – have grown a lot since last summer. And with seven whales swirling by the windows in Polar Play Zone and the Oceanarium, it might be hard to tell them apart or spot your favorite.

Here’s a key to their i.d.:

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July 09, 2009

Last day in the Bahamas

Hsmb3 The High School Marine Biology program participants share their discoveries from their last day in the Bahamas, and reflect on their entire experience. Here’s a blog post from two of the participants:

We can’t believe that today is our last day in the Bahamas! It has been an amazing trip that none of us will forget. Today we went to Cat Cay to do a beach seine, and had the opportunity to look at the homes being built on the island. Each of us wondered how the building development will affect Cat Cay’s surrounding environment.

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