216 posts categorized "Education"
February 01, 2014
December 28, 2013
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.
November 30, 2013
Hello, my name is Raccoon Butterflyfish.
There are a lot of weird names out there, especially for animal species. Since people name the animals they discover, it’s no wonder they get a little…interesting. Take for instance the Calponia harrisonfordi, a spider named in honor of Harrison Ford, or Irwin's turtle, discovered by crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. But species don’t have to be named after anybody. In fact, discoverers can get pretty creative when it comes to thinking up worthy names.
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September 27, 2012
It was hot. Of course, the entire summer had been hot, and there had been little rain. Rivers and ponds were drying up, water levels dropping. This was the case with the Kankakee River as we stepped up to the bank. The river was at least a couple feet lower than normal for this time of year—but we expected that, and it was one reason why we, a team of Shedd Aquarium fish biologists, were at a point on the river an hour south of Chicago, near the Illinois-Indiana state line. We were conducting a survey to see if the warm summer had impacted the fish community.
September 06, 2012
Choices on family meals can contribute to healthier, more environmentally-sustainable food systems – sushi is no exception! Overfishing, destructive fishing gear and destructive fish farming methods put our aquatic ecosystems at risk. By purchasing sushi made from fish that are caught or farmed using environmentally-friendly practices, you can support the health of our lakes and oceans while ensuring your kids will have a robust seafood supply in their future. As a parent, how can you translate these big ideas to your young eater? Step away from the fish sticks and pick up a bamboo mat: it’s time to get cooking!