Posts Tagged 'Baltimore'



Let’s Make Baltimore the Largest Community Wildlife Habitat along the Chesapeake Bay!

For years, Baltimore has been known as “Birdland” and now, thanks to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the National Aquarium, it’s official. Today, First Lady of Maryland Katie O’Malley joined leaders from NWF, National Aquarium and city officials to launch a program aimed at greening city streets, backyards, schools and places of worship.

First Lady Katie O'Malley speaking about the importance of "greening" Baltimore.

First Lady Katie O’Malley speaking about the importance of “greening” Baltimore.

“We believe that your backyard can be a place for exploring and unleashing children’s curiosity,” said Hilary Harp Falk, Regional Executive Director for National Wildlife Federation.  “Baltimore has always been a city for the birds, and we intend to work with partners in the City to create beautiful places which will offer opportunities to learn, connect and play.”

By greening the city for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, residents of Baltimore will also help to improve both air and water quality for humans. The more native plantings that are used to attract wildlife, the greater potential the city has of reaching its Healthy Harbor goals and helping to clean the Chesapeake Bay.

“As a conservation organization it is our goal to inspire people to do their part, starting here in our backyard of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay,” said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “We are dedicated to a Healthy Harbor and we believe that can happen if we all get involved in the greening of our city.”

Did you know? Our Waterfront park is a certified wildlife habitat!

Did you know? Our Waterfront park is a certified wildlife habitat!

Community Wildlife Habitat certification will bring many organizations and individuals together to work on a common vision, and, when successful, Baltimore will achieve certification for more than 600 homes, 10 parks, and 6 schools and be recognized as one of the 60+ Community Wildlife Habitats nationwide!

In celebration of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife month in May, people across the country – from bird watchers to butterfly lovers – are joining the residents of Baltimore in transforming their gardens into havens for wildlife.  The National Wildlife Federation has also pledged to plant a tree for every Certified Wildlife Habitat during the month of May to honor its garden supporters! 

Animal Updates – March 22

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!

Lined Seahorses

We have two new lined seahorses in our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit – a male named Kuda (Malaysian for “seahorse”) and a female named Monroe!

Lined Seahorse

Lined Seahorse at National Aquarium, Baltimore
Photo courtesy of Michael Bentley

Did you know? This species of seahorse can actually be found in the Chesapeake Bay! Lined seahorses can vary drastically in both coloration and ornamentation.  They can range from a yellowish color all the way down the spectrum to nearly black.  Some may have intricate ornamentation on their backs and their heads.  Lined seahorses can also change color slightly to match their surroundings!

Golden Lion Tamarins

Our golden lion tamarins, found in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, have been spending more time in one of the mahogany trees situated closer to ground level, giving visitors some great opportunities to see them up close!

golden lion tamarin

Check out this GREAT photo from one of our recent visitors, Instagram user kfollm!

Next time you’re up in the rain forest, be sure to look up and hopefully spot one of these amazing animals!

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

Animal Update – February 22

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!

American bullfrogs in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

There are three new male bullfrogs in the Allegheny Streams gallery.

American bullfrog

Did you know? The bullfrog is the largest native frog species in North America!

Breeding males emit a deep bass booming call, sounding like “roo-roo-room” or “jug-a-rum,” that can be heard over a distance of more than half a mile.

During the long spring and summer breeding season, males aggressively defend territory, wrestling fiercely with rival males and attempting to mate with as many females as possible.

American bullfrog

In Maryland, tadpoles over-winter and transform into frogs during the following summer, depending on food availability and water temperature. In the southern parts of the bullfrog’s range, metamorphosis can occur in as few as 79 days, while in the colder northern areas, metamorphosis can take more than three years.

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

Thoughtful Thursdays: Inspiring Conservation in Future Generations

This week, National Aquarium is co-hosting the 33rd annual International Sea Turtle Symposium, which has brought together more than 1,000 scientists and conservationists from over 75 countries to discuss collaborative efforts to save all seven species of endangered sea turtle.

Currently, turtle populations worldwide are in dramatic decline due to issues like habitat destruction, cold-stunning, debris entanglement, incidental capture in commercial and recreational fishing.  The symposium is a tool to share knowledge and encourage discussion around sea turtles in our local community and how we create and/or affect these issues. This meeting provides Baltimore and the state of Maryland with a rare opportunity to participate in an international dialogue and gain exposure to new pathways in conservation science.

As part of our co-hosting duties, symposium participants were invited to visit the Aquarium for a Welcome Social earlier this week.

General Curator Jack Cover was on hand during the Aquarium’s “Welcome Social” for symposium participants to talk about the many species of turtle we have in our collection.

The theme of the symposium is “connections” and throughout the week, they hope to create connections not only with fellow researchers and conference attendees but also with the community and local students.

To encourage involvement, the symposium is providing teacher and educator workshops, live streaming of special sessions to local schools and universities as well as a sea turtle art contest in Baltimore City schools.

The art contest in particular is a powerful way to reach students and encourage them to express their love for sea turtles. Further, it presents an innovative avenue to reinforce the community’s need to respect and save these majestic creatures. Each school submitted art pieces in the hopes of winning an opportunity to learn more about the importance of turtles at special expert Q&A sessions at the symposium. The following local schools have their art featured at the symposium:

  • St. Demetrius Bilingual Day School
  • Poolesville High School
  • South River High School
  • Furman Templeton Prep
  • Dr. Rayner Browne Academy
  • Friends Meeting School

One local school in particular, St. Demetrius Bilingual Day School, took this art project a step further! Students did a month-long science unit on sea turtles leading up to the week of the event. During their visit to the symposium, students had lunch with biologists and conservationists and even took a trip to the Aquarium!

After learning even more about sea turtles, 4th and 5th grade classes at St. Demetrius were inspired to actually adopt a turtle at the Aquarium through our Aquadopt program!

Want to learn more about the dialogue happening at the symposium or the Aquarium’s efforts to save sea turtles? Leave us your questions in the comments section!

You can also join the conservation on Twitter (for symposium-specific news, follow the hashtags #ISTS33 and #ISTS2013).

Baltimore Wins AGAIN in the #SuperFISHBowl

Super FISH Bowl

The competition this weekend between Baltimore and San Francisco was fierce both on the field and in the water, as National Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences went head-to-head in the Super FISH Bowl!

The task for each team was simple: ask their respective communities to show support by “liking” the official contest photo on each organization’s Facebook page. Each “like” equated to a $1 donation (provided by an anonymous donor) to the winning city’s animal care and conservation efforts.

In addition to rallying the community, we had a lot of fun drafting our fantasy “fishball” team and stacking our “players” up against the opposition!

In the end, both competitions were CLOSE. It was certainly a tough fight from deserving teams!

We would like to sincerely thank and congratulate California Academy of Sciences on a great Super FISH Bowl. The beauty of our competition is that either outcome means a win for ocean conservation!

We would also like to thank our amazing community for rallying in support of the Aquarium, with YOUR help we were able to raise $1,310 for our animal rescue program! 

Click here to learn more about National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program!

$10 Off for Those in Ravens’ Attire on Tuesday!

Ravens celebration at the Aquarium

Giving Baltimoreans another reason to celebrate, we are inviting Ravens fans to enjoy $10 off general admission tickets when you show your support for the 2013 Super Bowl champions tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at our Baltimore venue.

National Aquarium is conveniently located close to the Ravens parade route through downtown Baltimore. All those wearing Ravens or purple attire will receive the discount to our Baltimore venue when purchasing tickets.

ravens victory parade route

The $10 off discount applies to tickets purchased on-site only and is valid for general admission tickets for all ages. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid Tuesday, February 5, 2013 only. National Aquarium is open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, National Aquarium offers discounted parking at the Lockwood Place Garage at 124 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. For more information on the discount, visit aqua.org/visit/baltimore/promotions.

We hope to see you tomorrow! GO RAVENS!

Super FISH Bowl: There Will be Bubbles

AWESOME UPDATE: February 1, 2013

Our Super FISH Bowl competition with San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences just got better! An anonymous donor, inspired by both organizations’ conservation missions, has stepped in to cover the wager for up to $5,000 (the contest limit), regardless of who wins.

CLICK ON and LIKE the original photo to make your vote count! GO RAVENS!!  

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As the competition between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers heats up in anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, the National Aquarium, Baltimore and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco are enlisting the help of their aquatic animals to take their own friendly rivalry off the green and into the blue in the Super FISH Bowl!

SuperFISHBowl

Using the hashtag #SuperFishBowl, both aquariums will share their own fantasy team picks, along with behind-the-scenes images, fascinating animal facts and more with thousands of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fans – all in excitement for the big game!

Come game day, the winner of our wager will be determined by the victorious NFL team, but both aquariums will have reason to celebrate. The losing city’s aquarium will donate $1 to the winning team’s aquarium for every ‘like’ their official #SuperFishBowl contest photo receives during the campaign. The winning donation will be made to either the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue or California Academy of Sciences’ Coral Conservation program.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT BALTIMORE AND THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM!

To kick off the friendly wager, divers at each aquarium will don jerseys in support of their home team during daily dive presentations in their coral reef exhibits on Friday, February 1.

Be sure to stop by the Aquarium’s Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit tomorrow at 10:00 am, 11:00 am & 2:00pm to watch divers bring their purple pride under water! 

 


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