153 posts categorized "Green living"

January 14, 2014

Meet the man from GLADs

Reid BogertReid Bogert here, from Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes and Sustainability team. As some of you may know, we were busy as a school of bullhead catfish this summer with our Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs), and I’m GLAD to say it’s been a huge success. For those that are new to the program, I’d like to introduce myself and invite you to come out and join the fun!

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December 09, 2013

December Fish of the Month: U.S.-Farmed Catfish

Catfish is quite the catch! For December’s Fish of the Month, we are featuring one of the most sustainable seafood options out there: U.S.-farmed catfish. If that doesn’t sound appealing enough, the recipe for Pecan Crusted Catfish with Cranberry Apple Quinoa will surely do the trick.

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December 03, 2013

Shedd's Green Holiday Guide

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joy, giving, friends and family. But they can also be a time of excess and waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Here are a few tips to help you save money and reduce waste this holiday:

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October 19, 2013

Coral Reefs: Underwater Cities Worth Saving

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We all know the Earth’s surface is two-thirds water, most of which constitutes the world’s oceans. But did you know that 25 percent of marine life depends directly on coral reefs? Like cities, coral reefs cover a disproportionately small area—only 1 percent of total marine habitat—but these bustling underwater metropolises are home to a richness of life that rivals tropical rainforests.

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October 04, 2013

“Super Powers” Alone Can’t Save Octopus

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What has nine brains and three hearts? The giant Pacific octopus, the largest species of octopus in the world! That’s right, these eight-legged hermitlike creatures may prefer creepy crevices and shadowy shoals along the Pacific coast from Southern California to Alaska, but they’re highly evolved and intelligent cephalopods. Cephalopod literally means “head-foot,” an appropriate name for a creature whose body consists of a soft, billowy head surrounded by eight curling arms.

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September 18, 2013

Microplastics and the Great Lakes


"Microplastics” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about picking up trash on the beach. But this tiny pollution poses big problems for marine ecosystems, and researchers are now finding microplastics in the Great Lakes.

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September 13, 2013

Having fun while being safe in the Great Lakes


Hands down, the Great Lakes offer some of the world’s best opportunities for water recreation, and there’s no shortage of fun to be had on these truly magnificent lakes.

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September 12, 2013

Great Lakes Week


It’s Great Lakes Week, and Shedd Aquarium is involved!

The Great Lakes region is our home – from Lake Superior’s wild, rocky coasts to Chicago’s urban sandy shores, we live, work and play in the Great Lakes basin. For many, the connections to the lakes are obvious. We fish, swim and boat in the thousands of lakes and rivers. We hike, camp and explore in the numerous parks and preserves around the basin.

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September 09, 2013

September Fish of the Month: U.S. Wild-Caught Striped Bass

September’s Fish of the Month is striped bass—one of the fishes on Shedd’s “best choice list” for sustainability. This recipe for striped bass with roasted tomatoes and olive tapenade will wow your guests and bring bright piquant flavors to your table!

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September 02, 2013

Great Lakes Conservation Field Day on the Kankakee River

Shedd’s Great Lakes conservation biologists are the real deal—they do incredible work to advance aquatic science in the Great Lakes. But you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand the importance of their work, or to appreciate the fun of getting into a river with a pair of waders to survey Great Lakes fishes. Last week, Shedd’s Great Lakes experts Dr. Phil Willink and Dr. Solomon David led a small group to Custer Park, IL, where we waded along the banks of the slow-moving Kankakee River in search of a small glass-clear fish. They’re called the western sand darter (Ammocrypta clara), and although they’re prevalent in the Mississippi River basin, the sand darter has not been seen in this part of the Kankakee since the 1980s. As such, it’s a state-listed endangered species.

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