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 11, 2013
April 08, 2013
April 04, 2013
When the Fishes department moved a leafy seadragon into the 4,700-gallon kelp forest habitat on the Abbott Oceanarium’s Coastal Walkway habitat, the aquarists watched closely to make sure that the more animated weedy seadragons didn’t slurp up all the live mysid shrimp before the leafy got his share. “That’s when we noticed that the leafy wasn’t eating on his own,” aquarist Erika Moss says.
What to do? Hand-feed the seadragon, of course.
March 19, 2013
March 17, 2013
How this North Pacific fish got its common name is beyond us. It ranges from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula east through the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, down the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States to Monterey Bay, California. It’s separated from the Emerald Isle by the same land mass that kept Columbus from getting to India (but that’s another holiday and parade).
March 09, 2013
March 01, 2013
February 11, 2013
Eighty-nine years ago today, 12 civic movers and shakers met
in the office of Chicago’s premier architectural firm, Graham, Anderson, Probst
& White, on the 14th floor of the Railway Exchange Building (later the
Santa Fe Building and today Motorola) on Michigan Avenue. There they incorporated
the not-for-profit Shedd Aquarium Society.
December 14, 2012
December 06, 2012
If you’ve seen Shedd’s new aquatic show, A Holiday Fantasea, you know that Sagu (SAH-goo), our 6½-month-old Pacific white-sided dolphin calf (shown above on the left) gets into the act alongside his mom, Piquet. During the show, you’ll see him engaged in formal training. Lisa Takaki, senior director of marine mammals, says, “He seems to LOVE it and is very attentive—usually!”