8 posts categorized "Conservation Research"

February 19, 2014

White whales: Singers even more amazing than songs

Dr  Bill and Naya

Throughout my career as an aquatic animal veterinarian, I’ve had the great fortune to work with many beluga whales. One of my early mentors preferred calling them “white whales” because they are the only all-white whale species. These white whales are unique in the whale world for other reasons too. And I believe this is part of why they are so fascinating to get to know.

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January 25, 2014

Getting to the core of coral restoration

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Saving coral isn’t just about coral. Corals provide food and shelter for thousands of fish and invertebrate species in the Caribbean alone. As a leader in conservation and research, Shedd Aquarium is determined to help restore these crucial populations.

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December 28, 2013

Shedd Celebrates the Endangered Species Act’s 40th Anniversary

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Forty years ago today, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act to help save animals, plants and their habitats from extinction. Today, we celebrate the successes of the law and the 2,140 species it continues to protect – including 14 endangered or threatened species at Shedd.

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November 26, 2013

Shedd Stewards See First Snow at Glacial Park

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Last Monday, Shedd Stewards made a special visit to Glacial Park in McHenry County. Why special?  Not only did we get our feet wet doing real land management, so to speak, but we also got our first snow of the year!

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November 25, 2013

Update from Project Seahorse

On Nov. 7, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, including fishing communities where field scientists with our conservation partner Project Seahorse live and work. Project Seahorse is working with local governments to get emergency supplies to these fishing families. The photos taken by the research team show signs of recovery and hope in the midst of the destruction. 

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November 15, 2013

DuPage County Fifth-Graders Release Smallmouth Bass and Learn about Big Sustainable Seafood Issues

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Imagine you’re a fifth-grader. You’re interested in friends, fun extracurricular activities, new movies and… how about sustainable seafood? 

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November 06, 2013

Let the Sunshine In

Solar panel photo

The sky is never the limit for Shedd Aquarium. Last week, Shedd placed 913 solar panels along the edge of its rooftop gardens. These dark blue panels stand out before the Chicago skyline, leaving no doubt that the aquarium is now shining a little brighter.

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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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