216 posts categorized "Education"

February 01, 2014

World Wetlands Day

Shedd Aquarium World Wetlands DaySedges have edges, rushes are round…

Whether you’re familiar with this simple rhyme about plant identification, or you live in the Great Lakes basin, wetlands are a big part of your life.

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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 30, 2013

Uncommon Common Names

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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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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 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 09, 2013

GLAD Season Ends with Smiles, Results

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Notice anything different when you’re walking along the lakeshore? It’s cold! Along with cooler temperatures, shorter days and changing leaves, it’s also the end of our Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) season.

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September 29, 2013

Keeping Our Rivers Great, Too

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Happy World Rivers Day! Today we celebrate the many values of our waterways and encourage involvement in promoting their health.    

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April 18, 2013

This Remote Is for Hands-on Science

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We are in the middle of National Environmental Education Week. Nature is the best classroom, but sometimes you need a little technological help to dive deeper.

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September 27, 2012

Hot Times in the Kankakee River

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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.

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September 06, 2012

September Fish of the Month: Lake Whitefish, Trap-Net Caught


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!

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