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Thoughtful Thursdays: Save the Bay!

Oysters play a critical role in the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. As natural water filters, oysters strain out plankton and other food suspended in water. They also provide a critical habitat and growing surface for a large number of other species, including fish like striped blennies, anked gobies, and skillet fish, as well as mud crabs, blue crabs, grass shrimp, and eels.

We were incredibly honored to host the “Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest” benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) last night at our Baltimore venue.

During last night’s event, ORP announced its largest restoration effort on the East Coast ever. This new project will streamline large-scale efforts to improve the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay through oyster planting and water quality improvement.

Chef Karen Nicolas preparing her delicious tasting dish at last night’s Oyster Fest!

There are many ways you can help support oyster recovery: 

  • Become an oyster gardener
  • Buy local: enjoy Chesapeake Bay farmed or harvested oysters
  • Patronize restaurants that are participating in the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance—making sure used oyster shells go back to support restoration efforts
  • Celebrate Maryland seafood by dining out at any of the restaurants participating in the From the Bay, For the Bay event the week of October 6–13, 2012. Participating restaurants will be serving fresh, locally caught Maryland seafood and will donate a dollar for every Maryland seafood dinner sold to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works to replenish the population of our native Chesapeake Bay oyster.
  • Join our Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) and REI staff in our bi-annual field days at the Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. In the Fall and Spring, our team, along with an amazing group of volunteers, helps to  restore habitat,  remove debris, do trail maintenance  and plant native flowers! Since we first took ownership of this stewardship in 1999, our teams have removed more than 600,000 pieces of debris!

Thanks again to everyone who came out last night in support of our local habitats! We are one step closer to a thriving Bay!

Only ONE Month Left to Apply for a Spring Internship!

As part of our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, we are committed to developing the next generation of ocean conservationists, marine biologists and global communicators. Our college internship program offers students the unique opportunity to work hands on with our department teams behind the scenes, in the exhibits, out in the field and in our local community!

A former marketing intern Melanie helping out at one of our Cultural Series events.

We have positions available in many of our departments, including:

- Marketing
- Graphic design
- Education
- Marine animal rescue
- Marine mammal training
- Animal programs

Interns have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge, gain valuable workplace experience and establish professional contacts.

It takes a village to keep our amazing Aquarium running smoothly – we offer internships year-round, applications for our Spring positions are due by November 1. 

Apply now!

Want to know first-hand what interning at the Aquarium is all about?
Read our three-part series “What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium” 

Interns receive free parking during hours of work and a 30% discount at our cafe and gift shop. Interns that are certified divers are eligible for a SCUBA dive in one of our exhibits. Students must be able to receive college credit for their work at the Aquarium; internships are unpaid. Students must also be enrolled at a two or four year institution and be able to work a minimum of 120 hours throughout the semester.

During his internship with the biological programs team, Tyler was responsible for caring for this tank! Tyler also conducted research for his senior project during his internship with us!

Again, applications for our Spring positions are due by November 1. Apply now!

How to apply:

1. Download the Internship Application (PDF)

2. Attach brief responses to the three statements listed on the bottom of the application.

3.  Enclose a resume with two references listed.

4. Enclose a transcript or have the school’s registrar send one to the address below. It does not have to be an official copy.

5. Check the full position description for any additional requirements. For example, some positions require a writing sample.

6. Mail to:
National Aquarium – Internships
501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

If you have any questions about applying our about our internships, email intern@aqua.org or call (410) 576-3888

Animal Update – September 21

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

Green wing doves in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

We’ve introduced green wing doves to our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit this week.

Our green wing dove and her chicks!

 Our dove has imprinted on humans and so she is much friendlier and less easily spooked than the rest of our dove population. They can easily be seen roaming our exhibit!

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Fresh Thoughts Ticket Giveaway!

We have a very special surprise giveaway for you today!

To celebrate our amazing Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Dining Series 2012 season,  the National Aquarium is giving our fans on Facebook and Twitter the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Fresh Thoughts dinner at our Washington, DC venue next Wednesday, September 19.

Our Fresh Thoughts series gives guests a better understanding of how to make sustainable seafood choices and the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in the Aquarium after-hours!

From 3:30pm EST today until 3:30 pm EST tomorrow, September 14, comment on our Facebook post or send us a tweet using the hashtag #FreshThoughts telling us why you’d like to join our next Fresh Thoughts dinner. A random entry will win two tickets to our Fresh Thoughts event  Wednesday, September 19, with Guest Chef Xavier Deshayes and an amazing menu featuring sea bream!

Here are the instructions:
1) Follow the National Aquarium on Twitter at @NatlAquarium and/or like our Facebook page  
2) Tweet us you reason why you’d like to attend the upcoming Fresh Thoughts dinner to @NatlAquarium and include the hashtag #FreshThoughts
3) Comment on our Facebook post mentioning today’s giveaway with the reason why you’d like to attend our Fresh Thoughts dinner in Washington, DC.

Click here to find out more about our Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Dining Series at our Washington DC location!

Contest closes at 3:30pm EST on Friday, September 14, 2012. A winner will be announced at 4:30pm EST on Friday, September 14, 2012. Entrants must be 21 or older to win. Winner and guest MUST be able to attend event. If selected winner is unable to attend, the National Aquarium reserves the right to pick a new winner.  

 

 

 

Animal Update – September 7

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

Animal transports completed in preparation for Blacktip Reef! 

All of our animals have been moved from Wings in the Water so that renovations can begin on the exhibit space! A tarpon and hogfish were moved to their new home within the Aquarium, the Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. On Monday, our team moved Zeke, Zoe and Calypso to their temporary home behind-the-scenes in our animal care facility.

Calypso getting ready for the big move on Monday!

Additionallythe lionfish habitat next to Wings in the Water was permanently broken down. Our lionfish were given to the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky. The Sargassum triggerfish, queen angelfish, spotfin butterflyfish and blue tang from this tank can also now be seen in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. 

A staff member carefully cleaning out the lionfish reef tank

For more on our changes in preparation for Blacktip Reef, check out our recent update!

New additions in Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit 

Black sea bass, black drum and winter flounder fish have been added to our Atlantic Shelf gallery.

Stop by our Atlantic Shelf tank to get a good look at our new black sea bass!

We have a new baby! 

We are so proud to welcome a new addition to the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit – a Linne’s two-toed sloth was born in late August! The baby is the first born to Ivy, one of the four sloths in the exhibit, and is the third sloth born at National Aquarium.

Can you spot the baby sloth? Ivy and her new infant are free roaming the Rain Forest exhibit and will be particularly good at hiding in the trees for at least a few weeks.

To find out more about our newest addition, click here.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!


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