32 posts categorized "Great Lakes"

March 22, 2014

Celebrate World Water Day with Shedd!

World_Water_DayWater is essential for all life. Your very existence depends on clean water and so does that of every other plant, animal and microbe on the planet. World Water Day is a great chance to celebrate all that water offers life on Planet Earth, human and non-human.

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February 28, 2014

March Fish of the Month: Farmed Clams

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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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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January 14, 2014

Meet the man from GLADs

Reid BogertReid 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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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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December 03, 2013

Shedd's Green Holiday Guide

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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November 15, 2013

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

Bass in the Class

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

GLAD group
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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October 29, 2013

A Rio Remembrance

Shedd Aquarium River Otter

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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September 18, 2013

Microplastics and the Great Lakes


"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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