Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite program works with restaurants and grocery stores to educate seafood lovers on the importance of choosing seafood that was caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices. This month we're highlighting the Right Bite "green-listed" farmed clams.
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Sedges 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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Reid 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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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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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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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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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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Shedd Aquarium lost one of its most enchanting family members today when the animal care and animal health teams made the difficult but humane decision to euthanize 21½-year-old North American river otter Rio. Her health and quality of life had deteriorated recently due to her advanced age. Rio exceeded by nearly a decade the known median life expectancy for river otters—12 years according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums—thanks to excellent care, including advances in geriatric veterinary medicine, and her own zest for everything.
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"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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The Fishes department sprang into action as soon as word came that field biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) would soon be at Shedd’s doorstep with three large bighead carp they’d netted in the Humboldt Park lagoon. We had to prepare for the animals’ arrival!
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