27 posts categorized "Great Lakes"
December 03, 2013
November 15, 2013
November 09, 2013
October 29, 2013
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.
September 18, 2013
September 14, 2013
September 13, 2013
September 12, 2013
It’s Great Lakes Week, and Shedd Aquarium is involved!
The Great Lakes region is our home – from Lake Superior’s wild, rocky coasts to Chicago’s urban sandy shores, we live, work and play in the Great Lakes basin. For many, the connections to the lakes are obvious. We fish, swim and boat in the thousands of lakes and rivers. We hike, camp and explore in the numerous parks and preserves around the basin.
September 02, 2013
Shedd’s Great Lakes conservation biologists are the real deal—they do incredible work to advance aquatic science in the Great Lakes. But you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand the importance of their work, or to appreciate the fun of getting into a river with a pair of waders to survey Great Lakes fishes. Last week, Shedd’s Great Lakes experts Dr. Phil Willink and Dr. Solomon David led a small group to Custer Park, IL, where we waded along the banks of the slow-moving Kankakee River in search of a small glass-clear fish. They’re called the western sand darter (Ammocrypta clara), and although they’re prevalent in the Mississippi River basin, the sand darter has not been seen in this part of the Kankakee since the 1980s. As such, it’s a state-listed endangered species.
August 19, 2013
The Great Lakes depend on great people, and our beach sweep volunteers from H2O + proved this point at 12th St. Beach last Tuesday with another huge performance. With 75 volunteers, not only was this a big turnout, but our volunteers showed immense passion and commitment on an individual level, too.