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7 posts from May 2013

May 31, 2013

Happy Garden for Wildlife Month

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Although the weather this month hasn’t always been seasonal, May is Garden for Wildlife Month. As summer finally approaches at the end of the month, however, it’ll soon be the perfect time to take a stroll along Lake Michigan—and the lush gardens that wrap around Shedd’s exterior. You won’t be the only visitor: If you look closely, you’ll notice that the carefully planted gardens surrounding Shedd serve as a welcome sign to birds and insects of all kinds.

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May 28, 2013

Happy first birthday, Sagu!

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Shedd’s little Pacific white-sided dolphin calf, Sagu (SAH-goo), has been racking up achievements, like learning to tail walk, spin and leap in formation with the adults, but today he hits his most impressive milestone: his first birthday.

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May 23, 2013

World Turtle Day

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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.

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May 22, 2013

Biodiversity: The Cichlids

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Today, May 22, is International Biodiversity Day. Of the more than 1,500 species that you can see at Shedd, about 900 are fishes, almost equally divided between freshwater and marine species.

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May 17, 2013

Endangered Species Have Their Day

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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.

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May 11, 2013

Migratory Bird Day and Red-wing Springs

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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.

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May 05, 2013

Celebrate Mexico's Aquatic Heritage at Shedd

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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.

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