Posts Tagged 'sea cliffs exhibit'

Name our puffin chick!

At just 2 months old, our male puffin chick is looking more and more like the adult puffins each day! It is now time to give him a proper name. With the help of Aquarium staff and the public, we have narrowed down the suggestions to five solid puffin names. It is now up to our friends and followers to NAME THAT PUFFIN!

Cast your vote today! Voting will close on Tuesday, September 7, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The puffin’s new name will be revealed live on WMAR Ch. 2 News on September 9.

TEXT your favorite name choice to 30644 (msg and data rates may apply), or vote online below:

Want to learn more about puffins? Join us for Morning With the Puffins: Curator Talk on September 25 from 7:45-9 a.m.

Explore our newly renovated puffin exhibit and learn more about its feathered occupants during a morning talk with one of our respected curators. Light breakfast fare will be provided and is included in the price. Reservations are required. Please call 410-727-3474 to make reservations. The cost is $8 for members and $30 for non-members (includes admission). Children under 3 are free.

Check out a video of the chick when he was just a tiny hatchling:

Puffins return to a new home

We are happy to share that the Sea Cliffs exhibit is back open and our feathered friends are adjusting nicely to their new home. This exhibit is home to our Atlantic puffins, razorbills and black guillemots and was closed this winter for renovations.

The actual layout of the exhibit did not change as it was already well designed to recreate the birds’ natural nesting environment. The habitat includes rocky outcroppings and a pool that holds nearly 6,500 gallons of water. According to our animal care staff, the Aquarium puffins behave much the same as they would in a natural habitat.

Our exhibits and design team gave the habitat a much-needed polish and added new visual elements to the rocky land. Watch as our Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and black guillemots return from their short sabbatical into a new, and updated home!

Polishing the puffin exhibit

If you have visited the Aquarium recently, you’ve probably noticed that our popular Sea Cliffs Exhibit on level 4 is closed for renovations.  The Aquarium puffins, razorbills and black guillemots are taking a short sabbatical while our Exhibits and Design team gives their home a thorough clean and polish!

The birds have moved to special offsite quarters that maintain exhibit temperatures of 50°F, and water quality analysts monitor the temporary freshwater systems created for these little divers.

The Sea Cliffs exhibit is designed to recreate the birds’ natural nesting environment. It includes rocky outcroppings and a pool that holds nearly 6,500 gallons of water. According to our animal care staff, the Aquarium puffins behave much the same as they would in a natural habitat. The staff also add special enrichments to the exhibit that encourages the birds to play and interact with their habitat.

Check out the video below to see some of these enrichment activities, and be sure to enter our Fish Friday contest below!

Today is Fish Friday and we have another contest for our followers!

Name one of the enrichment items featured in the video that these birds can eat.

Please post your answer as a comment to this post by 5 p.m. EST today, January 22nd. Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a puffin prize pack featuring two tickets to the National Aquarium and a puffin plush! The winner will be awarded on Monday, January 25th. Good luck!


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