Winter 2009 | volume 13 | number 1 m e m b e r m a g a z i n e o f t h e a q u a r i u m o f t h e p a c i f i cThe Aquarium Introduces itsSustainable Seafood Program
Focus on Sustainability 350.org Attendees at an earth Day event at Golden Gate Park become part of the 350 action. 350 and COP15 GlObal Climate ChanGe is sCary… and imPOrtant The Aquarium joins the efforts of 350.org on Saturday, October 24—International Climate Action Day—by spreading the message of lowering carbon emissions at its upcoming Scarium Halloween event. While the Aquarium will be telling children that goblins want to be green too, the hope is that adults will have the opportunity to learn more about the global concern about rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. T he number 350 refers to the parts per million (ppm) of reductions, cap-and-trade offers an environmentally effective and carbon dioxide that many scientists and climate experts economically efficient response to climate change. But some argue are saying would be the most our atmosphere could safely that cap-and-trade is far from being fair and effective. A carbon tax is contain. The planet already has almost 390 ppm CO2 in its another option. Various possibilities will be discussed at COP15 with atmosphere, and this number is rising by about two parts per million the hope that any number of solutions could come together globally every year. Accelerating Arctic warming, ocean acidification, and to reduce the emissions in the planet’s atmosphere. other early climate impacts have convinced experts that if we do not Climate change is going to continue to be an issue that we all reduce our CO2 output, we risk reaching tipping points such as the must learn about and get involved in. It is a challenge that requires melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from action sooner rather than later. Changes in precipitation, drought, increased permafrost melt. heat waves, and sea-level rise will continue and have important Since 1992 the United Nations has hosted an annual conference consequences for us all. The Aquarium is invested in being green in to discuss what to do about the global threat of climate change. The its business practices and educating our guests about this issue and 2009 meeting will be in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 7-18. stewardship for the ocean planet. The Copenhagen Climate Conference, also referred to as COP15, has The Aquarium will participate in the 350 event on Saturday, the ambitious objective of creating an international agreement to limit October 24 by incorporating the message that “Climate Change is human-induced emissions of greenhouse gasses. Delegates, non- Scary Too” in the Scarium of the Pacific Halloween celebration. In governmental organizations, and businesses from every nation will addition to the traditional costume contests, there will be prizes for meet to finalize a new global climate change agreement. the best costumes using recycled materials and the best portrayal of The Copenhagen agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol, which climate change. A table will be staffed by members of the Aquarium’s the United States did not ratify and which expires in 2012. The COP15 Green Team so that people can sign up to pledge to lower their carbon conference will be an attempt to change the engine that drives human footprint. Please join us for a fun event that might provide an opportu- society from fossil fuels to renewable electricity. Our national policy nity to delve a little deeper into a somewhat ghoulish topic. is known as a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system with critical complementary measures to help address climate change and build a clean energy economy. By creating a market and a price for emission 2 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.v
Table of Contents Table of Contents In ThIS ISSue letter from the CeO Dear Members, 4 Animal updates | The Aquarium’s tiger shark I has taught its caregivers about this species rarely t iS my PLeASure tO kept at aquariums or zoos. Also, did you know our present to you the winter sea lions can paint? issue of Pacific Currents. It has been a busy summer and fall with the debut of shark summer and our continuing shark 6 ensuring Seafood for the Future | The and ray program. It was gratifying Aquarium has launched a new program to make to learn that we were selected as sustainable seafood the easy choice for consumers. the best tourist spot in Greater Los The new Seafood for the Future program is a Angeles in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ partnership between the Aquarium, restaurants, and Picks Awards in August. Thanks to markets. all who voted for us. The Aquarium has explored ways of providing consumers 23 Alliance to Save energy | The Aquarium of with information about the seafood they purchase. To fulfill the Pacific has received a national honor from the this need we created the Seafood for the Future program. It Alliance to Save Energy as one of the recipients of its evolved from the Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Forum, 2009 Stars of Energy Efficiency Award. Find out what which was founded jointly by the Aquarium of the Pacific and made the Aquarium one of the Alliance’s gala King’s Seafood Company. honorees. Seafood for the Future is committed to ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy delicious and healthful seafood by selecting seafood from well-managed, sustainable 27 Landscaping for Drought | A new garden wild stocks and from sustainable aquaculture farms. The on the Aquarium’s front lawn will feature drought- program identifies specific sustainable fish that are featured resistant plants and California natives. Learn about on menus of participating restaurants and on display cases of the need for water conservation in the arid participating seafood markets and supermarkets. In addition Southern California climate. to identifying sustainable choices, the program rewards those who select these items with tickets to the Aquarium. I en- 2 Focus on Sustainability 9 Aquarium Programs & events courage you to learn more about this important new program 3 Letter from the CeO 20 Kids Corner by reading the feature article in this magazine. This year’s Ocean Conservation Awards Gala was a big 4 Animal updates 23 Aquarium news success. I want to thank the co-chairs, Aquarium Board 6 Feature 27 Conservation Corner members Steve Conley and Steve Mayer, for their efforts and the entire board of directors for their leadership and Pacific currents is published for members of PHOnE nuMBErS (562 area code) dedication. The Aquarium depends on its many supporters to the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have comments General Information........590-3100 provide an engaging visitor experience and outstanding ocean about this magazine, please send an email to our fAX .......................................951-1629 education programs. The Trustees of the Pacific are one such editorial staff at PacificCurrents@LBAOP.org. Membership ......................437-fISH (3474) group of advocates, and are listed on page 26. Furthermore, Development ....................951-1605 we take our mission into the community through a number Our MISSIOn | To instill a sense of wonder, of programs to reach those who are unable to come to the respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its Pacific Circle ......................951-1664 Lost & found .....................951-1733 Aquarium. On behalf of all of us at the Aquarium, we thank inhabitants, and ecosystems you for your continued support. Private Event Info ............951-1663 Pacific currents STAff | Editor/Writer: Alexi Education Programs .......951-1630 Holford | Copy Editor: Cecile fisher | Designer: Gift Store ............................951-1SEA (1732) Sincerely, Andrew reitsma | Contributing Writer: Tricia Job Hotline.........................951-1674 Bennett Volunteer Hotline.............951-1659 Advanced Ticket Sales ...590-3100, ext. 0 HOurS | Open daily from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. except (note: $2 service charge per ticket, up to $10.) Jerry R. Schubel Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach Group reservations ........951-1695 MEMBErSHIP OffICE HOurS 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily the aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution. to provide exciting and innovative exhibits and educational programs, we rely heavily on the generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Aquarium Founding Sponsor winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 3
Animal UpdatesAquarium Updates TIger ShArk uPdATe Aquarium staff welcomed a tiger shark, providing her with the best accomodations possible. We have learned a lot from her in the months she has been with us. 4 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
Animal Updates give the gift that will keep givingA five-foot young female tiger shark long after the holidays are over.was cared for at the Aquarium of thePacific. Unfortunately, her health has Adopt an Animal for as little as $40 and receive: 0 personalized certificate of adoptiondeclined and we hope to relocate her. 0 beautiful keepsake color photo 0 fact sheet about your sponsored species!She cannot be released, as she is a Call (562) 437-3474 or visittropical species and needs warmer www.aquariumofpacific.org/adopt to join our Adopt an Animal Program today.water than that off our coast. T he tiger shark came from Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are taiwan, where her mother had often feared as the second-most danger- been caught by a fisherman. ous shark in the ocean. These sharks can She was born in captivity and grow up to 14 feet and weigh over 1,400was cared for until she came to us. When pounds. Tiger sharks are often labeledthe Aquarium was contacted, staff as man-eaters. “By having a tiger sharkmembers agreed to provide her a home here, we wanted to inspire visitors to learneven though it would be challenging to the truth about these animals and to getcare for her since little is known about involved in shark conservation while wecaring for this species in aquariums. In late further scientific information about theirFebruary the baby tiger shark travelled behavior,” said Perry Hampton, Aquariumfrom Taiwan to LAX by plane in a portable of the Pacific director of husbandry. PAInTIngholding system. From the airport, a truck A truly serious problem facing tigercarried her to the Aquarium. In late June, sharks is that they have slow repopulationshe was moved into the Aquarium’s SharkLagoon exhibit. rates, yet they are heavily harvested for their fins, meat, and liver. “It is likely that PInnIPedS! Aquarium experts have kept a close the Aquarium’s baby tiger shark could aquarium sea Lionseye on her to keep her as comfortable aspossible. To reduce stress of any kind, staff have been part of the statistic of the 100 million sharks killed each year for human create Works of artmodified the exhibit to enable her to swim consumption instead she served as an the Aquarium’s California sea lions havemore comfortably. After trying different ambassador to inspire people to protect become quite artistic in 2009. Parker,methods, Aquarium biologists developed tiger sharks in the wild,” said Hampton. Milo, and Harpo have started painting,pen netting that helps her to navigate Everyday ways to help save tiger sharks and Miller and Troy are next on the list tobetter. They’ve also tried close to 30 include avoiding the consumption of shark don their berets. Parker, Milo, and Harpodifferent food items to find out what she fins and shark meat, not buying vitamins were quick to pick up the tools of theprefers to eat, which is a variety of fish and containing shark oil and other shark trade and begin brushing the canvas withshrimp. In September it was decided she byproducts, and not purchasing lotions, colors. Each has their own distinct style.needed a larger space, and the Aquarium makeup, and topical analgesics contain- Parker is deliberate, much like Picasso;began looking for a new home for the shark. ing squalene derived from shark oil. “We Milo is a pinniped version of Pollock with In the wild, juvenile tiger sharks eat a need to start viewing sharks like lions and his emotion infused expression; andvariety of fish as well as sea birds. They are bears, animals we need to respect but also Harpo is somewhere in between. Sinceone of the most diverse eaters and will eat protect. By bringing people face-to-face sea lions do not have a great ability to seejust about anything. Unfortunately, it is not with a tiger shark, we wished to instill a color, the trainers help choose the shadeuncommon to find undigested trash in the sense of wonder, respect, and steward- of non-toxic paint.stomach of a tiger shark, including cans ship for these tigers of the sea that are in The first-ever publicly available paint-and plastic bottles. Recycling and properly need of our help,” said Sandy Trautwein, ings by our sea lions will be up for auctiondisposing of trash to help prevent it from Aquarium of the Pacific curator of fishes at our upcoming Sea Fare fundraiser onentering the ocean is one way to help and invertebrates. Saturday, october 17. See the back coverthese sharks. for more information on Sea Fare. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 5
Ensuring Seafood for the Futurethe aquarium of the Pacific’s new seafood program,Seafood for the Future, is working to build a communityof people who want to do the right thing.By Tricia Bennett AndrEw rEITSMAThe current demand for seafood outpaces supply, and thegap is widening because of poorly managed fisheries andwastefulness. Two-thirds of all fishing stocks are fished ator above sustainable levels. In greater Los Angeles, seafoodconsumption per capita is twice the national average. It ispredicted that the entire wild seafood industry could collapsein 50 years unless alternative solutions are sought. D emand for seafood will continue to seafood in Southern California. Starting in the increase as the world population ocean and ending on your plate, seafood for the grows. In the United States, future shows consumers how to make the right seafood consumption is rising as choice and make a difference.people learn of the health benefits associated Launched publicly in September, thewith eating fish. While demand increases, the seafood for the future program is funded by aavailability of wild seafood struggles to stay at grant from the Pacific Life Foundation. Tocurrent levels and may even decline further. oversee the program, the Aquarium hired two In response to this growing crisis, the staff members: Andrew Gruel, a chef with aAquarium of the Pacific created the seafood for background in sustainable cooking andthe future program to define the sustainable restaurant marketing, and Dave Anderson, aseafood movement by working with chefs, scientist with a background in aquaculturerestaurants, fisheries scientists, retailers, and and marine biology.food lovers. The goal is to enact real change inthe seafood industry by providing incentivesthat will influence the supply and demand for6 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
“ When it comes to sustainability, there are a lot of questions ... We do the legwork and the research, and all consumers have to do is ” look for the logo. —Dave Anderson AndrEw rEITSMAHow It WorksA sustainable system is defined as one The first of its kind in Southern California,that satisfies our current needs without the program features a complete consumer-compromising the ability to meet the needs friendly website with links to participatingof future generations. This means fishing restaurants, recipes, news updates, and more.and aquaculture practices must not harm the The seafood for the future blog provides theenvironment or its living resources. There are inside scoop on delicious seafood, what itmany opportunities to build on local, national, takes to change market demand, and howand international seafood markets that are people perceive the sustainability movement.from sustainable sources. seafood for the seafood for the future encourages peoplefuture works with restaurants and suppliers to eat more of the right kinds of seafoodto ensure that seafood items are safe for and promotes the businesses that makeconsumers and the ocean. The program uses these choices available. As an incentive fordata from NOAAs National Fisheries Service, consumers, free coupons to the Aquarium of Partner restaurantsstate agencies, and other sources to identify the Pacific are distributed whenever selectsustainable and healthy seafood choices. seafood items are purchased at restaurants Long beach seafood for the future recruits restaurants displaying the programs logo. Patrons who Café Scuba,to place sustainable seafood choices on purchase a sustainable option receive a Aquarium of the Pacifictheir menus that are endorsed by Aquarium coupon that is good for one free entry to thestaff and labeled with the seafood for the Aquarium as well as a discount for up to four gladstones restaurantfuture logo. This enables consumers to make companions. McKennas on the Baysustainable choices easily by selecting those Restaurants and markets that participateitems with our logo. in the program are promoted through the ninos restaurant “When it comes to sustainability, there Aquarium. On the program’s website, con- Parkers Lighthouseare a lot of issues and a lot of questions. sumers will be able to browse culinary eventsYou can’t put the onus on the consumer,” and make reservations at partner restaurants. Primal Alchemysays Anderson. “We do the legwork and the Partner restaurants benefit from more than Queen Maryresearch, and all consumers have to do is look just an affiliation with the Aquarium—theyfor the logo.” form a community that inspires an apprecia- Seal beach The principles of sustainability under the tion for great seafood cuisine, environmentalseafood for the future program are: responsibility, and healthy living. “There are walts wharf incentives for everyone involved,” says Gruel. Los Angeles • the healthfulness, safety, and quality of Restaurants that are already participating each product must be controlled and include Parkers Lighthouse, Nino’s, and Eco Caters documented McKenna’s on the Bay in Long Beach; Nook Lucques restaurant • production is managed under a plan of Bistro in West L.A.; and Sea Rocket Bistro in best current practices and compliant San Diego. The program will soon include nook Bistro with applicable laws restaurants from Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Providence restaurant • plans are in place to mitigate the effects and the San Fernando Valley. of waste, bycatch, and habitat loss San Diego • products support local communities and are sensitive to traditional and local Sea rocket Bistro cultural values winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 7
Seafood for the Future supports fish farming,domestically and abroad, wherever sustainableaquaculture is practiced. Good aquaculture canproduce high quality seafood without adverseenvironmental impacts. dAvE AndErSonA Holistic ApproachSeafood for the Future is different from “The U.S. imports about 80 percent of its roasted Oysters withother seafood advisory programs. First and seafood. Of that, half is farmed overseas,”foremost, the program encourages people to says Anderson. “The U.S. is supporting aqua- Sweet Tomato relisheat more seafood. Eating seafood is one of culture, just not at home. We need to support serves 4the best ways to obtain omega-3 fatty acids, the industry in the U.S. where we can ensurewhich keep your heart and mind healthy. proper oversight and regulation.” Preheat oven to 400° FThe program also looks at the source of the The program also considers the health of 24 shucked oystersseafood instead of just a specific species. consumers in addition to the ocean. It should 1 cup quartered cherrySometimes the sustainability of a fish be easy to make good seafood choices that are tomatoesdepends on when, where, and how it was healthful. There is no question that Americansharvested. The program focuses on finding should be eating more seafood and less red 1 tsp. chopped fresh thymethe best sources for recommended species. meat, but we all need the right information to 1 tsp. minced shallot The program fosters relationships among make the right seafood choices. 1 tbsp. olive oilrestaurants, fish suppliers, and consumers “The sustainability movement overlaps with 3 tbsp. grated parmesanin Southern California. Having a logo next health and nutrition,” says Gruel. “We want pinch of sea saltto a menu item or displayed in a restaurant people to think about where food comes fromcreates a network of trust that extends from and what they put in their mouths.” fresh lemon wedgesthe source all the way to your plate. seafood for the future gives consumers seafood for the future also features a who care about the ocean and love seafood Place oysters on a baking pan, tryingculinary component. Anderson and Gruel an easy way to make the right choices. to retain all of their juices in the shell.cook at events and festivals throughout The next time you are at a restaurant, Except lemon wedges, toss all ofSouthern California. The website features look for the seafood for the future logo. Visit the remaining ingredients together.a cuisine segment for home cooks and www.seafoodforthefuture.org to learn about Spoon the mixture evenly on top ofconsumers. Anderson and Gruel will recommendations, recipes, and events. the oysters. Bake the tomato-filledalso do cooking demonstrations at oysters in the oven for 8 minutes.Whole Foods Market locations throughout Squeeze fresh lemons over theSouthern California. oysters and serve immediately. seafood for the future supports fishfarming, domestically and abroad, whereversustainable aquaculture is practiced. Goodaquaculture can produce high quality seafoodwithout adverse environmental impacts.8 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
Aquarium Programs and EventsGreat aquarium activities! The Aquarium of the Pacific offers programs and events for all ages and interests. With exclusive events for our members, cultural festivals, a guest speaker series, and educational classes for families and children, there is something for everyone. the Aquariums annual Sea Fare fundraising event provides an opportunity to bid on auction items, enjoy a wide range of restaurant samples, and partake in an open bar. member events member events SPECIAL EVENTSPlease join us for one of these select events just for M SeniOr member teA SE SeA FAreour members and their guests. thurSDAy, FebruAry 11 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. or SAturDAy, OCtOber 17 | 6:30–10:30 p.m. 3:30–4:30 p.m. Dine with the fish, and bid on exciting auction M member COmmunity OPen hOuSe Senior members are invited to bring theirSunDAy, nOvember 15 (FAmiLy niGht) items. The Aquarium of the Pacific will hosttueSDAy, nOvember 17 (ADuLt niGht, 21+ OnLy) favorite teacup and join us for a relaxing its sixth annual Sea Fare, an evening of dining,WeDneSDAy, nOvember 18 (ChArter afternoon in the Watershed Classroom while live music, silent and live auctions, and more.member niGht) | 6:30–9:00 p.m. enjoying hot tea and cookies. The Aquarium’s Guests will kick off the night with an openJoin us as the Aquarium hosts local businesses Seafood for the Future Manager, Andrew bar and live music and will dine with the fishand non-profit organizations on a night espe- Gruel, will share tips on sustainable cooking while sampling diverse cuisines from localcially for our members. Because downtown and how you can determine which seafood is restaurants and food and beverage compa-Long Beach has so much to offer, this special most sustainable to purchase and eat. nies. Attendees will have the opportunitynight will be a chance for you to learn about COST | Free to senior members | members’ guests to bid on a range of unique live and silentother things you can do after your visit to the receive 20% off regular admission auction items. Proceeds will lend a helpingAquarium. Also, you will have a chance to RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) fin to the non-profit Aquarium’s oceanmeet some of our program animals and speak required by Monday, February 8 conservation education efforts. See the backwith our education staff to hear about oppor- cover for more information.tunities at the Aquarium. And of course, the M KiDS ACtivity niGht COST | $100 per person, which includes an open barentire Aquarium will be open for your viewing FriDAy, FebruAry 26 | 6:30–9:00 p.m. and diverse samplings of food provided bypleasure, except for Lorikeet Forest. To ensure On this special Kids Activity Night, member area restaurantsthe animals get a good night’s sleep, exhibit kids will have the opportunity to meet Sid RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) or visit us onlinelighting will begin to dim at 8:30 p.m. from the “Sid the Science Kid,” an educationalCOST | Free for members | members’ guests receive PBS program co-produced by the Jim Henson SE LAte niGht 20% off regular admission Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS FriDAy, nOvember 27 | 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) Kids. Sid is energetic and inquisitive and Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours required by Thursday, November 12 celebrates children’s natural curiosity about on this special Late Night. Admission for non- science in every day life. In honor of Sid, members will be just $11.95 per person after M member teen WhALe WAtCh our education staff will be doing a special 5:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunitySAturDAy, JAnuAry 9 | 12:00–2:30 p.m. program and science experiment in the to watch the Aquariums short films in theTeens are invited to join us for an exciting Honda Theater, which will help answer Honda Theater throughout the evening.boat excursion. Join Aquarium naturalists for the question, “Why do some fish glow?” Please note that Lorikeet Forest closesan action-packed voyage in search of whales, Member kids will also enjoy themed crafts, at 4:30 p.m.dolphins, seals, and birds. Member teens will face painting, and a visit from some of our COST | Free for members | $11.95 for non-membersnot want to miss this experience. program animals. The entire Aquarium will INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) be open, except Lorikeet Forest. To ensureCOST | $15 for member teens | $20 for member the animals get a good night’s sleep, exhibit teens’ guest (includes Aquarium admission) lighting will begin to dim at 8:30 p.m.AGES | 13-18 years oldRSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) COST | Free | members’ guests receive 20% off required by Wednesday, January 6 regular admission. RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by Tuesday, February 23Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 9
Aquarium Programs and Events Join us for The Future is Wild festival on October 10-11 to see computer-generated creatures the future. SPECIAL EVENTS festivals festivals To honor the rich diversity of Southern California, SE ShArK LAGOOn niGhtS the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts cultural and family F SCArium OF the PACiFiC FriDAyS, SePt. 11–DeC. 18 | 6:00–9:00 p.m. festivals throughout the year. Check our website for SAturDAy & SunDAy, OCtOber 24–25 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Shark Lagoon is open for everyone for free more details and additional family festivals. after 6:00 p.m. Guests can touch and learn Discover the creatures lurking in the depths about sharks; shop at Shark Shack; and enjoy F SOutheASt ASiA DAy of the Pacific at the Scarium of the Pacific—a live music during select evenings. SAturDAy, OCtOber 3 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween COST | Free for everyone Our fifth annual Southeast Asia Day programs, including the annual children’s INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) will highlight the beauty and diversity of costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky SE thAnKSGivinG LunCh Indonesian, and Laotian cultures. Guests will crafts, and eerie animals in the Great Hall. thurSDAy, nOvember 26 | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. enjoy live performances, including music, In addition, take part in a movement to low- Celebrate Thanksgiving with a special feast at dance, and cultural craft demonstrations. er carbon emissions by joining the Aquarium Café Scuba at the Aquarium. Ethnic dishes will be available for purchase, and 350.org in celebrating the International and children will have the opportunity to Thanksgiving Lunch Menu Day of Climate Action. Learn about the partake in arts and crafts. Garden salad Mashed Potatoes significance of the number 350 as it relates and Gravy COST | Free for members | to carbon emissions throughout the weekend Orange Ginger members’ guests festival (also read the Focus on Sustainability Glazed Ham candied Yams receive 20% off regular article on page 2 to learn about 350). A new rosemary rose turkey Green Beans admission special prize category for costumes made cornbread stuffing Pumpkin Pie squares INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) with recycled materials has been added this COST | $24/adult or senior member, $17/child year to show that even goblins can be green. F ThE FUTUrE iS Wild FeStivAL member; $34/adult non-member, SAturDAy AnD SunDAy, OCtOber 10–11 | COST | Free for members | $27/child non-member 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. members’ guests (includes admission to the Aquarium) receive 20% off regular admission You may have seen the TV series the future RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) is Wild that aired on Animal Planet or the ani- mated series on Discovery Kids. Its next stop is the Aquarium. Meet sea creatures of the future during our the future is Wild festival. Computer-generated creatures of five million, 100 million, or 200 million years in the future will be available for photo opportunities. Join us for special exhibits, a scavenger hunt, children’s crafts, a special film, and onsite games with prizes. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) 10 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
Aquarium Programs and Events festivals F hOLiDAy treAtS FOr the AnimALS SAturDAy & SunDAy, DeCember 5–6 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. In celebration of the holiday season, Scuba Santa will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals at the Aquarium. Watch the Aquarium’s animals receive their special treats and enrichment gifts during the weekend. Families can enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, and shopping. The Seal and Sea Lion Habitat will be decked out for the season with frozen “fishmas” treats. The sea otters will receive candy cane-shaped ice treats, gourmet lobster tails, and their very own snowman. Throughout the day Aquarium staff will give special gift delicacies to other marine animals as well. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) F FeStivAL OF humAn AbiLitieS SAturDAy & SunDAy, JAnuAry 23–24 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The seventh annual Festival of Human Abilities continues our recognition of the talk with terri the robot at our nOAA and Our Planet Day on november 14. creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities. Wheelchair dance, live music, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, festivals festivals storytelling, service dog demonstrations, and other creative performances will be featured. F Autumn FeStivAL F nOAA AnD Our PLAnet DAy Sign language interpreters will be present atSAturDAy & SunDAy, nOvember 7–8 | SAturDAy, nOvember 14 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. all major shows and an audio tour is available9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Find out what the National Oceanic and for those who are blind. Also added this yearJoin us as we celebrate the traditions and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does are interactive workshops.cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the for you, our nation, and our world at thisPhilippines during this weekend of learning COST | Free for members | annual event. Visit the Aquarium to learn members’ guestsopportunities and family entertainment. how NOAA, a government agency, works to receive 20% offMove to the sounds of Taiko drumming, understand and predict changes in Earth’s regular admissionwatch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts environment to conserve and manage coastal INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and marine resources. Explore and interactand purchase hand-made crafts. The Autumn with the science zone, talk with TERRI the F AFriCAn heritAGe FeStivALFestival is a joint project of the Aquarium of Robot while learning about NOAA, watch a SAturDAy & SunDAy, FebruAry 20–21 |the Pacific and WOW productions. Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in action, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.COST | Free for members | view award winning NOAA films, enjoy a The African Heritage Festival celebrates the members’ guests puppet show on ocean conservation, learn richness and diversity of African and African receive 20% off how NOAA protects ocean life, and get the American cultures. The weekend will feature regular admission facts on climate change. There will be a interactive drum circles, West African dance,INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) special guest appearance by Wyland, the live jazz, and storytelling. world-famous marine life artist. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 11
Aquarium Programs and Events guest speakers guest speakers guest speakers The Aquarium hosts guest lectures on a variety of GSWiLL ALexAnDer | eriC ZAhn | restoring los Cerritos GS topics from experts across the country. The Sri lankan loxodrome Wetlands: Waiting for the Tides to return WeDneSDAy, OCtOber 21 | 7:00 p.m. mOnDAy, nOvember 30 | 7:00 p.m. JAmeS WOOD | Cephalopods: GS Join us for a poetry reading by Will Alexander Our coastal Southern California salt marsh Chameleons of the Sea from his newly released poetry collection, ecosystems have a remarkable history of tueSDAy, OCtOber 6 | 7:00 p.m. the sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions, survival since rapid urbanization began in the Octopuses, squid, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses 2009). Alexander is a Los Angeles poet, early 1900s. Nearby Los Cerritos Wetlands are the amazing creatures known as cephalo- novelist, essayist, playwright, and visual art- is one of about 30 biologically diverse pods. They are found in the global ocean from ist. His many honors include a PEN Oakland tidal wetland complexes located between the tropics to the poles and from intertidal Award, a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, and San Quintin Bay, Baja Mexico and Point coastal areas to the abyss. They are capable a California Arts Council Fellowship. He Conception, California. Dr. Eric Zahn will of changing their appearance in terms of has taught at various institutions, including talk about the natural history of Los Cerritos color, texture, and pattern. If these tricks Theatre of Hearts/Youth First, which serves Wetlands, its existing ecology and politics, do not work, these underwater chameleons at-risk youth. His works include asia & Haiti and the status of the conservation effort in can disappear in a cloud of ink that acts as (Sun & Moon Press, 1995) and towards the the works to protect and restore this precious a smokescreen. Cuttlefishes have inspired Primeval Lightning field (O Books, 1998). and valuable Long Beach resource. legends and stories throughout history and Alexander’s latest book will be available at Zahn is a salt marsh ecologist and avid are thought to be the most intelligent of the the gift shop. Presented in a coffeehouse set- botanist who has been one of the local lead- invertebrates. Dr. James Wood will introduce ting, the evening will have coffee, drinks, and ers focused on conserving coastal wetlands us to these unique animals in a presentation pastries available for purchase. in Long Beach. He is a co-principal for Tidal rich with images and videos. He will also Influence, a company he founded to aid share some of his recent research. Wood is community groups and municipalities with the director of education at the Aquarium of their wetlands restoration efforts. Zahn is a the Pacific. He is a board member and direc- lecturer in the Environmental Science and tor of cephalopods at MarineBio. He holds a Policy Program at California State University, Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University. Long Beach. GS JeFFrey GALLAnt AnD GS mOnty GrAhAm | The Stinging ChriS hArvey-CLArK | dreamless Truth Behind Blooms of Sea Jellies Sleeper: The lure of the Greenland Shark thurSDAy, DeCember 10 | 7:00 p.m. thurSDAy, OCtOber 15 | 7:00 p.m. the vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is critically endangered. Despite numerous recent examples of mas- John Steinbeck wrote that, “An ocean sive and unprecedented blooms of sea jellies without its unnamed monsters would be like GS bArbArA tAyLOr | Critically in coastal waters around the world, these a completely dreamless sleep.” One such Endangered: Can the Vaquita much-maligned animals remain enigmatic mythical unnamed “monster” has come Be Saved From Extinction? to marine science. Are these blooms simply to be known as the Greenland shark. Until tueSDAy, nOvember 10 | 7:00 p.m. natural variations? Or are they a sign of recently, few humans had ever seen this deep The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a small something sinister in our seas? We will take sea Arctic shark alive, and the Greenland porpoise that inhabits the far northern Gulf a close look at sea jellies, their populations shark is still virtually unknown to science. of California. The vaquita became the most and the possible influence that human activity Mr. Jeffrey Gallant and Dr. Chris Harvey- critically endangered marine mammal in the might have on sea jellies in coastal marine Clark, researchers at the Greenland Shark world when the Chinese river dolphin was ecosystems. and Elasmobranch Education and Research deemed likely to be extinct in 2006. With Dr. Monty Graham is a senior marine Group (GEERG), will speak about the rare only an estimated 150 vaquita remaining, they scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab near and elusive shark—the only shark known are threatened with extinction, primarily as a Mobile, Alabama. He received his doctorate to live in Arctic waters year-round. Gallant result of being caught as bycatch in nets used in biology from the University of California at and Harvey-Clark will use a multimedia to catch fish and shrimp. Santa Cruz in 1994. Dr. Graham has broad ex- presentation to share how they searched Dr. Barbara Taylor is a supervisory research pertise in the field of biological oceanography for and ultimately found a population of fish biologist with NOAA’s National Marine and zooplankton ecology, but his research Greenland sharks. Underwater video footage Fisheries Service. She was the U.S. lead focuses on the ecology of gelatinous plankton (that has never been shown publicly before) scientist on a three-nation 2008 expedition blooms around the world. will reveal some of the mysteries surrounding designed to develop new acoustic monitoring this apex predator. methods and population estimates intended to assist Mexico in conservation efforts to save the vaquita. She will discuss the expedi- tion results and show us the best video and photographs ever seen of this rare animal. 12 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
Aquarium Programs and Events special opportunity the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is thought to play an important ecological role. hOme FrEE SCrEENiNG WeDneSDAy, DeCember 16 | 7:00 p.m. guest speakers guest speakers We are living in exceptional times. And the stakes are high for us, ourGS nAte JArOS | Sea Jellies in Corson is the author of the story of sushi: children, and future generations.Aquariums: The Next Frontier an unlikely saga of raw fish and rice, which Scientists tell us that we have 10WeDneSDAy, JAnuAry 13 | 7:00 p.m. tells the true story of a group of apprentice years to change the way we liveJoin us for a lecture by Aquarium of the sushi chefs in Los Angeles as they struggle in order to avert the depletion ofPacific Senior Aquarist Nate Jaros, who to master the centuries-old art of Japanese natural resources and the catastrophicspecializes in sea jellies. Historically, keeping cuisine. Corson is a frequent commentator on evolution of the Earths climate. Theand observing sea jellies has proven to be NPR and a judge on the Food Networks TV 90-minute documentary HOMEextremely difficult. With better understanding show iron chef america. Known for his humor- embraces the major ecological issuesof their natural ranges and diets, captive- ous and informative presentations on the that confront us and shows howreared specimens are growing larger, living creatures that compose our seafood, he goes everything on our planet is intercon-longer, and are better representatives of their by some rather unusual nicknames, including nected. By bringing us unique footagewild counterparts. Jaros received his B.S. "The Lobster Sex Guy" and "Americas Only of the Earth and sharing with usin biology and environmental science from Sushi Concierge." his wonder and his concern, YannCreighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation GS GeOrGe benZ | Shark research2005 Jaros began culturing seahorses and for the world that, together, we mustworking with sea dragons at the Aquarium. at the Top of the World WeDneSDAy, FebruAry 17 | 7:00 p.m. rebuild. The film HOME intends toSince 2007 Jaros has cultured the nine spe- shift peoples perceptions, to make uscies of jellies featured at the Aquarium. Dr. George Benz will discuss ongoing aware of the tectonic movements at Greenland shark research from the perspec- work, and to incite us to act.GS trevOr COrSOn | Sexy lobster, tive of the Arctic as a beautiful, intellectually Through the landscapes of 54Succulent Sushi: My Favorite Facts stimulating, globally significant, and highly countries captured from above,about Underwater Bugs, raw Fish, complex ecosystem. Ongoing collaborative Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a uniqueand the Future of Our Oceans studies of Greenland sharks suggest that thisWeDneSDAy, JAnuAry 27 | 7:00 p.m. journey all around the planet, to shark plays an important ecological role in contemplate it and to understandThe seafood on your plate isnt just food—its both Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. Greenland it. Every image shows the Earthsan astonishingly weird and interesting cast of sharks are known to live under land-fast sea treasures that we are destroying andunderwater characters, from randy lobsters to ice and are believed to be the only shark spe- all the wonders we can still preserve.squirmy seaweed to gargantuan tuna fish. And cies routinely inhabiting true Arctic waters. to be guaranteed a free seat at theit is caught and collected by equally interesting However, as with so many Arctic phenomena, movie, reservations are recommendedhuman beings, in ways that are sometimes the ecological role of the Greenland shark and will have first priority.good and sometimes bad. A former com- may soon be altered due to Arctic warmingmercial lobster fisherman turned pop-science that is predicted to result in an “ice-free” RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) or onlinewriter and culinary expert, Trevor Corson will Arctic seascape for much of the year.entertain you with tales about the briny world Benz is a professor of biology at Middlebeyond your plate, telling stories that are often Tennessee State University. Prior to this, heamusing, sometimes sobering, and always held positions at Tennessee Aquarium as thefascinating. He will begin with the rugged lives curator of fishes and then as chief researchof Maine fishermen and the hilarious sex lives scientist. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universityof the lobsters they catch, moving on to the of British Columbia.surprising secrets of the mysterious worldof sushi, and tying it all together with usefullessons about how we can all make smarterchoices about what we eat. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 13
Aquarium Programs and Events Aquarium member, volunteer, and aquarium sleepovers donor Coral Levin feeds a ray during Pack your sleeping bag and toothbrush for a night the daily 2:00 p.m. of adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. These feeding at Shark programs include a pizza dinner, snack, craft, cereal Lagoon. if you breakfast, and T-shirt. would like to feed one of our rays, SL birthDAy PArty SLeePOverS sign up to go above based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. our tropical Pacific Join us for an all-night celebration with a exhibit or the ray special birthday party sleepover featuring touchpools. animal touch time, a feeding opportunity, presentations, a behind-the-scenes tour, and AndrEw rEITSMA crafts. Bring your own birthday cake or order a personalized one through us (additional charge applies). COST | $60/member | $70/non-member AGES | 5+ years | one adult required per 10 children THEmES | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles aquarium tours aquarium tours GROUP SIzE | 20–50 participants These programs are opportunities to see the RSVP | (562) 951-1630 Aquarium and its animals in a different light. AT AnimAL enCOunterS SAturDAyS and SunDAyS | see below SL FAmiLy SLeePOver based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AT FeeD A ShArK Or rAy Join us for a very special experience to learn WeeKDAyS | 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. about feeding and caring for some of our Bring your whole family and spend an evening WeeKenDS | 10:15 a.m. & 2:45 p.m. marine animals. Roll up your sleeves, prepare exploring the Aquarium after dark. Discover Venture out on a platform above our largest some food, and get ready to be up close and the unique relationships and habitats of our exhibit, Tropical Reef, and feed a shark or ray. personal for a feeding with a seal, sea lion, ocean critters through hands-on activities and sea otter, or even a shark. There are lots of gallery observations. COST | $25/member | $30/non-member surprises along the way, so be prepared to get COST/PERSON | $50/member | $60/non-member GROUP SIzE | 4 people your hands wet! AGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone LENGTH | 30 minutes AGE | 12+ years THEmES | Seals & Sea Lions 9:30–11:30 a.m. | Sharks GROUP SIzE | 20–60 participants RSVP | (562) 951-1630 12:30–2:30 p.m. | Sea Otters 12:30–2:30 p.m. RSVP | (562) 951-1630 COST | $80/member | $90/non-member AT FeeD A rAy includes Aquarium admission SL ADuLt SLeePOver WeeKenDS | 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AGES | 10+ years | Seals & Sea Lions | Sea Otters At the Ray Touchpool, you can feed a cup of 13+ years | Sharks Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the food to the rays. This is available poolside Some height restrictions apply. Participants under Aquarium at night. Unwind with yoga and while supplies last. Please bring cash. 16 years must be accompanied by an adult meditation before meeting an animal, RSVP | (562) 951-1630 hearing an informal lecture by a marine COST | $5 educator, taking guided tours, seeing special AT hArbOr tOur presentations, and sleeping next to one of AT ShArKS behinD-the-SCeneS tOurS Tour the Long Beach/Los Angeles Harbors our large exhibits. Included are a gourmet DAiLy | times vary with Harbor Breeze Cruises for a 45-minute pizza dinner with wine, beer, or soda and a This special Behind-the-Scenes Tour will narrated cruise around one of the most continental breakfast. give guests a glimpse of areas behind Shark active ports in the world. See the downtown Lagoon. The group will see the development COST | $60/member | $70/non-member shoreline, ocean vistas, ships from around the of our new Animal Care Center. The tour will AGES | 18+ years world, and even sea lions. Tours are offered GROUP SIzE | 20-60 participants focus on shark adaptations, shark husbandry, throughout the day on a daily basis. Tickets RSVP | (562) 951-1630 shark conservation, and the importance of may be purchased in advance or at the ticket sharks in the ocean ecosystems. And guests window upon arrival. Meet 15 minutes prior will go above our largest exhibit to feed the to departure at Dock #2. This program is led fish! and staffed by Harbor Breeze Cruises. COST | $11/member | $15/non-member COST | Members: $12/adult, $10/senior, $6/child does not include Aquarium admission (3-11) | non-members: $33.95/adult, $28.95/ AGES | 7+ years senior (62+) , $15.95/child (3-11) (includes LENGTH | one hour Aquarium admission) GROUP SIzE | maximum 10 participants RSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630, online, or sign up on day of visit 14 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
Aquarium Programs and Events special programs SP birthDAy PArtieS AvAiLAbLe by reServAtiOn OnLy Let us make your childs next birthday celebration special. The Aquarium will supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party, including a themed one-hour classroom program featuring animal touch time, biofact discovery, and a take home souvenir craft project. The party concludes with an additional half hour in the classroom for the birthday celebration. Please bring your own birthday cake. Aquarium admission is included. All you need to do is call us a least two weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to availability), and then invite your guests. We also offer birthday sleepovers. COST | $33/member | $39/non-member | 15 person minimum, includes Aquarium admission AGES | all ages, one adult required per 10 children THEmES | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles GROUP SIzE | 15–45 participants INFO | (562) 951-1630 A sample of pumpkins decorated by Aquarium staff. topaz is the Aquariums behind-the-scenes mascot. aquarium sleepovers aquarium sleepovers SP AquArium On WheeLS AvAiLAbLe by reServAtiOn OnLy SL yOuth GrOuP SLeePOverS SL hOmeSChOOL FAmiLy SLeePOvermOnDAy Or WeDneSDAy eveninGS mOnDAy, nOvember 16 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. The Aquarium on Wheels is dedicated tobased on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. developing children’s appreciation for the Homeschool families are invited to join us asAnchors aweigh as we become sailors in search wonders of the ocean environment. Along we explore the Aquarium with fun and edu-of the missing treasures of the sea. Investigate with an educational presentation, hands-on cational hands-on activities. Included in yourthe fascinating aquatic food web and follow a activities, and environmental message, our sleepover will be a pizza dinner, light snack,treasure map in search of ocean knowledge! outreach educational program provides T-shirt painting, theater programs, animal children the chance to touch sharks, seaCOST/PERSON | $50/member | $60/non-member interactions, cereal breakfast, and more. stars, anemones, urchins, and other marineAGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone COST | $50/person inhabitants. This mobile tidepool exhibitGROUP SIzE | 20–60 participants AGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone is not just for schools—it is also great forRSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630 display at festivals, fairs, and even birthdaySL neW hALLOWeen FAmiLy parties. Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a neW yeArS eve FAmiLy SLeePOver memorable experience for all!SLeePOver thurSDAy, DeCember 31 | 5:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.FriDAy, OCtOber 23 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. INFO | (562) 951-1630 Ring in 2010 and party with the fishes! YouHave a “spooktacular” evening at the Aquarium will start a new tradition when you bring yourwith creepy crawly critters, pumpkin painting, family to the Aquarium for a very memorableand a freaky flashlight tour. The sleepover New Year’s experience. Included in thisincludes a pizza dinner, a light snack, animal program are a pizza dinner, snack, cerealinteractions, cereal breakfast, and more. Family breakfast, and T-shirt. We will also have afriendly costumes are welcome. Space is sparkling cider toast to celebrate the Newlimited, so sign up today! Year.COST | $50/member | $60/non-member COST | $60/member | $70/non-memberAGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone AGES | 5+ yearsRSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 15
Aquarium Programs and Events outdoor adventures Winter Programs Go beyond the Aquarium to participate in one of WP 12 DAyS by the SeAShOre these offsite classes in the great outdoors. SAturDAyS, DeCember 5 or 19 | 9:30–11:30 a.m. SunDAy, DeCember 13 | 3:30–5:30 p.m. OA GrAy WhALe WAtCh Join us as we create a fun and educational SeASOnAL holiday-inspired book in this two-hour work- Take a voyage with Harbor Breeze Cruises in shop. Learn about 12 ocean creatures that live search of whales as they migrate along our by the seashore, including sea stars, lobsters, coastline. Learn about these gentle giants sand dollars, and 5 golden trevallies! Not from an Aquarium onboard educator. only will you discover fascinating facts about PErry HAMPTon COST | Members: $25/adult | $20/senior | $15/child each of these animals as you tour through Non-members (includes Aquarium admission): the galleries, but you will also take home a $42.95/adult | $39.95/senior | $28.95/child special keepsake book. Sign up now, as space LENGTH | 2-2.5 hours is limited. AGE | Children under 16 must be accompanied by AGES | 7+ years | 3-6 years with adult chaperone an adult Youth Programs COST | $30/member pair | $14/additional member RSVP | (562) 951-1630 $42/non-member pair | $20/additional non- YP JuniOr biOLOGiSt PrOGrAm member (includes Aquarium admission) SAturDAyS | 9:30–11:30 a.m. | topics vary, see below RSVP | (562) 951-1630 OA DOLPhin AnD SeA LiFe CruiSe Participants will independently investigate SeASOnAL marine life during this exploratory program. WP SeA Squirt Winter CAmP The Pacific Ocean is home to many wondrous mOnDAy–WeDneSDAy, DeCember 21–23 | This class offers hands-on animal touch time, animals year ‘round. Join us as we search for 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Aquarium animal observation, and activities dolphins, seals, sea lions, and marine birds This three-day camp offers an exciting relating to each topic. Select the topic that on our Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise. This is an introduction to marine biology for five- and is most interesting, or take all the classes to experience you and your family will not soon six-year-olds. Campers will discover an learn about the variety of animals found at forget. underwater wonderland filled with wiggly the Aquarium. COST | Members: $25/adult, $20/senior (ages 62+), fish, furry mammals, and fluffy birds. This TOPIC | Marine Mammals OCT. 17 (ages 7-10) $15/child (ages 3-11) camp encourages little ones to interact and OCT. 24 (ages 10-12) Non-members (includes Aquarium admission): explore independently from parents. Through Invertebrates NOv. 14 (ages 7-10) $42.95/adult, $39.95/senior (ages 62+), hands-on activities, stories, crafts, and tours, NOv. 21 (ages 10-12) $28.95/child (ages 3-11) your child will prove that little learners can Fish DEC. 5 (ages 7-10) AGES | Children under 16 must be accompanied by learn big things! DEC. 12 (ages 10-12) an adult Birds and Reptiles JAN. 9 (ages 7-10) AGES | 5-6 (children only) LENGTH | 2-2.5 hours JAN. 16 (ages 10-12) COST | $90/ member | $115/ non-member RSVP | (562) 951-1630 Southern Calif./Baja FEb. 13 (ages 7-10) RSVP | (562) 951-1630 FEb. 20 (ages 10-12) OA nAture by KAyAK WP Winter DAy CAmP COST | $19/member | $24/non-member SAt., OCtOber 17 | SAt., nOvember 21 due to the popularity of this program, all mOnDAy–WeDneSDAy, DeCember 28–30 | Sun., DeCember 20 | SAt., JAnuAry 9 participants must RSVP and pre-pay; does not 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. SAt., FebruAry 20 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon include Aquarium admission Join us as we explore the Pacific Ocean and Join us for a morning of RSVP | (562) 951-1630 Winter is the its inhabitants during our three-day winter best seasOn fOr gentle paddling in the bird WatChinG! day camp adventure. Campers will learn JOb ShADOW Upper Newport Bay YP about marine life through hands-on activities, SAturDAyS | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Ecological Preserve for an up-close view of games, and crafts. Participants will even topics vary, see below nature. After an introductory lesson, you will get the chance to go behind the scenes at This program is for students who are inter- be led on a naturalist-guided kayak expedi- the Aquarium, meet our animal husbandry ested in animal husbandry or marine biology tion. Both double and single kayaks are avail- staff, and help us take care of some of the careers. Students will learn what it takes to able in this off-site class. animals that make their home here at the run a world-class aquarium and get a hands- COST | $53/member | $58/non-member Aquarium. Extended child care is available on opportunity to participate in everyday AGES | 11+ years, plus adult chaperone if under age 16 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. for activities that help maintain the Aquarium. WHERE | meets offsite | map included in confirmation an additional cost. Students will go behind the scenes, shadow- materials RSVP | (562) 951-1630 AGES | Grades 2-4 (children only, must be at least 7 ing education and husbandry staff. to participate) TOPIC | Veterinarian OCT. 3 or FEb. 6 | Aquarist NOv. 7 COST | $125/member | $150/non-member Mammalogist DEC. 12 | Aviculturist JAN 2 RSVP | (562) 951-1630 COST | $24/member | $29/non-member does not include Aquarium admission AGES | grades 7–12 RSVP | (562) 951-1630 16 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
Aquarium Programs and Events special opportunity teACherS OPen hOuSe WeDneSDAy, OCtOber 14 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. Be our guest and bring an adult friend to a special night dedicated to teachers. Meet the Aquarium’s education staff, observe classroom demonstrations and theater programs, and learn about upcoming teacher events and scholarship opportunities. AndrEw rEITSMA Tour the Aquarium galleries and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. receive a 20% discount on all gift store purchases, and enter a drawing to Saturday family fun programs win great prizes. reservations are required forChildren, along with a parent or adult chaperone, this complimentary event. Pleasewill investigate the ocean world in a structured call (562) 951-1630 to reserve yourclassroom program that includes interactive spot today.and hands-on activities. These programs fosterthe students’ discovery as well as interaction inrelationships. FP tOtALLy turtLeSSAturDAyS, OCtOber 10 Or FebruAry 27 |10:00–11:30 a.m.You may enjoy a sweet treat of Jelly Bellies, special opportunitybut a sea turtle prefers having a belly full ofjellies! Discover fun facts and turtle trivia aswe explore these reptiles. SOuthern CALiFOrniA’S urbAn OCeAn FP ShArK SLeuthSSAturDAy, nOvember 28 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. greater Los Angeles has one of the most urbanized coastlines and oceans in the U.S.Discover how sharks’ amazing adaptations and in the world. The nation’s two largestmake them excellent predators. Get an up- container ports account for nearly 40% ofclose view of these creatures and others as all U.S. imports. A population of more than PErry HAMPTonwe learn all about sharks! 10 million people lives within 50 miles ofFP SeA JeLLieS AnD Other this segment of the coast. It is also the stop-inCreDibLe invertebrAteS over place for one of the largest and mostSAturDAy, JAnuAry 30 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. diverse assemblages of whales on their journeys north and south. The various uses of Southern California’s coastal ocean are intense and oftenThey may be spineless, but they are the in conflict with each other. Marine animals that call these waters home are oftenbackbone of nature. Join us as we learn all subjected to human-induced dangers. nature and human society will be furtherabout jellies and their invertebrate relatives challenged in the near future as our population grows, as sea level continues tothat inhabit the ocean. rise, as the ocean becomes warmer and more acidic, and as the frequency andCOST | ADulT-CHIlD pAIr: $24/member intensity of coastal storms increases. we are entering uncharted territory. $36/non-member we invite you to explore with experts and stakeholders Southern California’s ExTrA pErSON: $10/person urban ocean, what the future may bring, and how that future can be shaped. The (includes Aquarium admission) series will culminate in a narrated cruise of one of the most urbanized segments ofAGES | 4–6 years, plus adult chaperone the world ocean anywhere.RSVP | (562) 951-1630 WHEN | Thursdays, october 29 and november 5, 12, 19 | 7:00-9:30 p.m. (please arrive 30 minutes early for first session) COST | $55/members | $75/non-members (price includes boat cruise) $10 extra with CEU credit (offered through CSULB) AGE | 18+ years WHERE | watershed Classroom RSVP | (562) 951-1609Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 17
Aquarium Programs and Events preschool programs Designed for young children to independently explore marine life, each Preschool Program class offers hands-on animal touch time, a craft project, story time, time to explore the Aquarium, a snack, and activities relating to the project. PP “O” iS FOr Otter tueSDAy, OCtOber 20 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. thurSDAy, FebruAry 18 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. Find out how a sea otter spends its day, both above and below the water’s surface. Discover what tools they use to eat, what keeps them warm, and why their teeth are sometimes purple. PP SiLLy SeALS AnD SeA LiOnS WeDneSDAy, nOvember 18 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. AndrEw rEITSMA Let’s dive through the kelp forest in search of seals and sea lions. We will look at their adaptations to the water and discover how to tell apart these furry creatures. Come along as we investigate the California residents that aqua tots aqua tots live right off our coast. Toddlers team up with their parent or chaperone AQ SuPer SenSeS OF the SeA PP SPineLeSS WOnDerS for a first look into ocean life. Each of the Aqua Tots tueSDAy, nOvember 17 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. tueSDAy, DeCember 15 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. programs focuses and expands on a particular concept tueSDAy, FebruAry 16 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. while encouraging adult and child interaction. What do a sea anemone, an octopus, and Smell the salty air and feel the cool breeze as a snail all have in common? None of these AQ mOvin’ & GrOOvin’ we use our senses to explore how ocean ani- animals have backbones! Come along as we beneAth the SeA mals use their sight, taste, touch, and hearing explore these amazing spineless creatures tueSDAy, OCtOber 6 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. in their watery home. Immerse yourself in and learn the fascinating ways they survive in tueSDAy, JAnuAry 12 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. the wonder and discovery of this interactive the ocean. Roll like an otter and slide like a snail as we program. discover animals through movement. Explore AQ SOunDS OF the SeA PP PuFFinS AnD PALS the world of sea creatures by taking a closer tueSDAy, DeCember 1 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. SAturDAy, JAnuAry 23 | 9:30–11:30 a.m. look at the way they move. Join us as we Shake, rattle, and roll as we listen to the Puffins are amazing seabirds that not only use move and groove like the animals beneath the sounds of the ocean. Experience the wonder- their wings to fly, but also to swim. Join us as sea! ful world of sea sounds, from the songs of a we “zoom in” on puffins and other seabirds to big blue whale to the barking of a sea lion. find out what makes them so special. AQ ShOreLine ShAPeS WeDneSDAy, OCtOber 21 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. COST | $19/member | $24/non-member AQ COLOrS OF the OCeAn does not include Aquarium admission thurSDAy, JAnuAry 28 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. WeDneSDAy, DeCember 16 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. AGES | 4–5 years Did you know a sea jelly is shaped a lot Below the surface of the blue ocean are ani- RSVP | (562) 951-1630 like a bell or that some fishes are as flat as mals with amazing colors. Some are bright and pancakes? In the Aquarium, there are eels so flashy while others blend into the ocean bot- skinny they look like shoestrings! Explore the tom. Discover some of these colorful animals, exciting shapes of ocean life through a craft, and search for those that may be hiding. songs, and hands-on activities. COST | ADulT-CHIlD pAIr: $24/member AQ SLiPPery tO PriCKLy $30/non-member | ADDITIONAl pErSON: WeDneSDAy, nOvember 4 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. $10/person, includes Aquarium admission thurSDAy, FebruAry 4 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. AGES | 2–3 years, plus adult chaperone Whether it’s a slippery sea cucumber, soft RSVP | (562) 951-1630 and velvety bat ray, prickly sea urchin, or simply the smooth shell of a hermit crab, discover the many lovable and touchable creatures that live in the ocean. Learn what can be explored safely as we use our sense of touch on a journey through the Pacific Ocean. 18 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
Aquarium Programs and Events Aquarium Programs and Events PLANNED GIVING make a simple decision today that will have a great impact tomorrow! Join other Aquarium supporters by making a planned gift to the Aquarium. A planned gift can be as easy as designating the Aquarium as a partial or full beneficiary of your life insurance or AMy ToyAMA retirement plan. other classesOC unDer the SeA ShAPeSAvAiLAbLe by reServAtiOn OnLyThe ocean is full of incredible animals andvibrant colors. In this interactive educator- andvideo-led program, children will match ocean Wanimals, such as sharks and sea anemones, to hen yOu Give A PLAnneD GiFt, the donation istheir shapes. This exciting program is designed directed to an endowment fund, unless otherwiseespecially for preschool and daycare groups. specified, that earns annual interest. Each year aCOST | $9/member or non-member (March–June) small portion of the interest may be directed $7.50/member or non-member (July– towards Aquarium projects, while the remaining interest is February) reinvested in the Endowment Fund. This establishes a body ofAGES | 4–5 years | plus one free adult chaperone per 10 Aquarium support that will continue year after year—providing childrenLENGTH | 45 minutes stable, reliable income to fund animal care, new exhibits, andGROUP SIzE | 20 student minimum educational programs. you can be part of this growing endow-RSVP | (562) 951-1630 ment by making a bequest to the Aquarium today. you may also add a few lines of text to your will or living trustOC SeA LiFe StrOLLtueSDAy, OCtOber 13 Or thurSDAy, JAnuAry 14 to donate a specific gift or percentage of your estate to the| 8:30-9:30A.m. Aquarium of the Pacific. your attorney may ask for the followingView the Aquarium before it opens! Bring sample language: “I give (_____dollars, a specific asset, or ____your child in a stroller for a close-up percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate) to thelook at our exhibits. This class features Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium way, Long Beach, CAa personalized Aquarium tour and craft 90802, tax exempt Id # 33-0532354, for its general use anddesigned with your toddler in mind. purposes.”COST | ADulT-CHIlD pAIr: $14/member Unless otherwise specified, all planned gifts are directed $20/non-member ExTrA pErSON: $10/person, includes to the Aquarium’s Endowment Fund, which are preserved Aquarium admission in perpetuity. your gift will ensure that the Aquarium can con-AGES | toddler, plus adult chaperone tinue to live up to its mission year after year. There are specialRSVP | (562) 951-1630 benefits for planned giving donors, so call (562) 951-1664 today to have a confidential conversation about your giving plans.Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programsunless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 19
kIdS COrnerFish Lifecycle WheelContributed by Sabreena Kasbati t here are Over 25,000 fish sPeCies in the WOrld, and many start life in an eGG. inside the egg, a yolk sac feeds them until they are developed enough tosurvive on their own. they will hatch as zooplankton,microscopic animals that go wherever the water flows.they then become larvae. in a few months, the babyfish grow into juvenile fish that can actively swim.lastly, the adult stage happens when the fish aremature enough to have babies.it is not easy being a fish. they have plenty of obstaclestesting their survival: predators, pollution, overfishing,habitat loss, changes in water temperature, and more.if you want to help fish survive, you can start byunderstanding their lifecycles and remembering thechallenges they face. Create your own fish lifecyclewheel and show it to your friends. egg Larva Adult Juvenile
MATerIALS: TopsmelT silverside Atherinops affinis ❏ 2 white paper plates ❏ scissors ❏ 1 brass brad ❏ markers, crayons, ❏ white paper or colored pencils ❏ fish lifecycle tracers ❏ glue or tape (on the page to the left) dIreCTIOnS: 1. Place the paper plates together 5. label the drawings with their and poke a small hole in the stage of life and draw arrows middle with the scissor’s tip. from one picture to the other in the order of the growth. 2. Cut a triangle out of the top plate, being careful not to cut 6. Put the plates together, making Southern California/Baja into the hole you just made. sure that the plate on the bottom Gallery has the illustrations and the 3. trace or photocopy the four plate on top has the cut out drawings shown to the left triangle so that the illustrations onto white paper. Color show through. Push the brass them and cut them out. brad into the hole in the middle to hold the plates together. 4. Glue or tape your fish drawings in four different places on the 7. hold onto the back plate and turn inside of the bottom plate in the front plate clockwise to view Barred sand Bass this order going clockwise: your fish lifecycle. label your Paralabrax nebulifer egg, larva, juvenile, and adult. top plate, “lifecycle of a fish.”Fishing forKnoWLEdgE! ? ? ? ? Southern California/Baja Gallery 1. Baby fish in the larval stage are known as __ __ __ __ __ __. 2. One obstacle that can stop fish from surviving is __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __, which is caused by people taking too many fish from the ocean. vermilion rockfish Sebastes miniatus3. Fish have a stage in their lives where they are __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __, microscopic animals that drift in the water. Last Issue’s Questions and Answers: 1. There are approximately 375 species (or types) of sharks in the world. roBErT E. HUdSon Jr. 2. A shark’s skeleton is made up of cartilage, the same material in your ears and nose. 3. The largest shark in the ocean is the whale shark, which has tiny teeth that it does not use to eat. It consumes small fishes and plankton using specialized filters in its mouth. northern PaCifiC Gallery winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 21
Member Specials TopsmelT silverside Atherinops affinis members! reGiSter tODAy AnD CuStOmiZe yOur physical characTerisTics memberShiP With theSe GreAt beneFitS. Their dorsal (top) side is an iridescent blue to green, and their frontal (bottom) side is silver. A striking silver band runs down the sides of the body. They can grow to 1.2 feet Join our new ✔ Purchase extra print-at-home tickets with your member discount! and exclusive (37 cm) long and may live up to nine years. ✔ buy advance tickets to 3D films, behind- haBiTaTfun facT the-Scenes tours, and other onsite Aquarium online Topsmelt are a schooling fish found in opportunitiesCalled "topsmelt" coastal bays, muddy areas, and beds offor their habit ✔ renew or purchase memberships algae from Vancouver Island, Canada down community.of swimming up to Baja California. quickly and easilynear the surface,these fish can dieT ✔ Go green by requesting paperlesslive in salt ponds They feed on small insects near the water’s communicationtwice as salty as surface and plankton.the sea. ✔ update your personal information ✔ be the first to know about special offers and discounts sign up for free today at www.aquariumofpacific.org/register. Barred sand Bass Paralabrax nebulifer earn a free entrée at physical characTerisTics This football-shaped fish is silver with black stripes on the dorsal (top) side and Café scuba a white frontal (bottom) side. There is a hint of yellow in the tail and the dorsal fin. They reach 2.2 feet (67 cm) and 13 pounds (5,980 g).fun facT haBiTaTBarred sandbass are known They range from Central California toby severaldifferent names, Acapulco, Mexico and live in shallow areas to depths of 600 feet (183 m) in sandy The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to introduce a brand new member’s exclusiveincluding sandy, areas.ground bass, dieTsugar bass, kelpbass, California Juveniles will eat benthic crabs, clams, snails, and shrimp. As adults, they will benefit: the Café Scuba Frequent Diner Card!sandbass, and expand their diet to fish as well.rock bass. each time you purchase an entrée at Café scuba, your frequent diner card will be punched. your seventh entrée will be free. vermilion rockfish Stop by the Information desk in the great Hall at any time Sebastes miniatus during normal Aquarium hours to pick up your Frequent diner Card. The card can be used anytime during Café Scuba’s physical characTerisTics This fusiform fish is red-orange in normal operating hours and is valid on entrée purchases only. coloration with grayish blue lines. They Start earning your way to a free entrée in Café Scuba today. can reach three feet (91 cm) and 15 pounds (6,800 g). haBiTaTfun facT They live in the Eastern Pacific fromThe color red British Columbia, Canada to central Bajais lost quickly California on shallow rocky reefs.in darker ocean dieT MEMB ERdepths. This They eat plankton, small crabs and SPECISA NLY -Orockfish, with L shrimp, and fish.its striking colorwhen at the SAVE 20% this winter on all merchandise!ocean’s surface, Present your membership card along with this coupon to receive an additional 10% discount in conjunctionis effectively with your member discount, for a total of 20% off merchandise in Pacific Collections and the Shark Shack.camouflaged indeeper waters. 22 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 This coupon is valid through 02/28/10 inside Pacific Collections and the Shark Shack. Valid as a one-time offer. Cannot be combined with any other offer. no cash value. restrictions may apply. n-0210-A
Aquarium Programs and Events Aquarium News highlight AndrEw rEITSMAaquarium honored by thealliance to save energy As an energy efficient organization, the Aquarium was recognized for its investment in minimizing its carbon footprint. T he ALLiAnCe to Save energy and leading-edge operating procedures were to increase attendance by expanding the facil- promotes energy efficiency adopted to comply with ongoing energy initia- ity’s capacity without increasing energy and worldwide to achieve a healthier tives. In addition, because small energy losses potable water usage. The Aquarium intends economy, a cleaner environment, can add up, the Aquarium implements “1% to continue to grow without increasing itsand greater energy security. Each year the solutions” in as many of its business practices usage of the electricity “grid.”Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) as possible. The Aquarium was also recognized forrecognizes companies, learning institutions, In 2008 the Aquarium inaugurated a our Green Team task force that organizesstate offices, and government programs for new environmental classroom, the City of environmentally friendly activities such as thetheir efforts to promote energy efficiency Long Beachs first building certified as LEED annual street cleanup and hosting the Earthdomestically and/or overseas with Star of Platinum. The classroom uses solar power, a Day festival.Energy Efficiency Awards. green roof, and a rainwater capture system The Alliance to Save Energy recognized In September the Aquarium of the Pacific among other energy and water efficiencies. the Aquarium as the most energy efficientwas proud to be recognized with a Super Nova The Aquarium is committed to achieving business with annual revenues under $150Star Award for our investment in energy and LEED Platinum or Gold certification for all million at its September gala in Washingtonclimate conservation practices, serving as a future projects. D.C. Other category winners included 3Mleader in educating the community about sus- The Aquarium became the first among Corporation, the Department of Housingtainable activities, and embracing energy ef- museums, zoos, and aquariums in the United and Urban Development, and the state officient technologies. Effectively implementing States to certify its greenhouse gas emis- Massachusetts.numerous approaches to minimizing energy sions with a third-party registry in 2007.loss, the Aquarium has had no net increase of Designated as a Climate Action Leader withkilowatt usage despite a consistent increase the Climate Action Registry, the Aquariumin visitors for eight consecutive years. Efficient continues to register its emissions each year.lighting systems, co-generation, insulated life As the Aquarium continues to grow, one ofsupport systems, high efficiency pool pumps, the underlying objectives of the master plan is winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 23
Aquarium Programs and Events News fundraising highlights The Aquarium of the Pacific relies on support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government partners to support its mission with contributions to the operating budget or to a diverse range of projects. ■ honda annual sponsorship to support the full range of capital own lawns and gardens. The gardens will The American Honda Motor Co., Inc. expansion projects at the Aquarium. provide a field site for study of botany continues to be the Aquarium of the and sustainable gardening, including free pacific’s largest corporate sponsor. The ■ molinas Give to the native landscaping classes sponsored company donated $356,000 towards its animal Care Center by the long beach Water Department. annual sponsorship this summer, including Aquarium board Member John Molina a table sponsorship at the 2009 Ocean and wife Michelle Molina contributed ■ estate of martha Jane Workman Conservation Awards Gala. In addition, $50,000 to the new Animal Care In May the Aquarium received a donation Honda will donate a Honda Insight for Center, which is scheduled to open in of $25,000 from the late Martha Jane the Aquarium’s Honda Dream raffle. the spring of 2010. The new facility will Workman, who had listed the Aquarium include a 1,800-square-foot hospital and as a beneficiary of her living trust. like ■ bP foundation Contributes to will expand the Aquarium’s innovative most bequests, Workmans donation was sea Otter habitat research, teaching, and partnership directed to the Aquariums Endowment The Aquarium of the pacific received opportunities in the growing field Fund, where the funds will be saved in $250,000 from bp Foundation, the third of aquatic veterinary medicine. perpetuity with only the interest being installment of its $1 million pledge towards spent each year on education and the enhancement of the sea otter exhibit. ■ Water replenishment district conservation programs at the Aquarium. The re-designed exhibit will mimic the supports Watershed education As a charter member, Workman will be features of the Central California coast The Aquarium of the pacific received a missed, and the Aquarium hopes to honor and the habitat of the southern sea grant of $50,000 this summer, completing her by ensuring her generous donation otter, the species at the Aquarium. the Watershed replenishment District will make an impact for years to come. of Southern California’s five-year ■ solar Power donated for pledge. This invaluable partnership has ■ farmers & merchants bank animal Care Center taught thousands of students about the donate to Capital Campaign An anonymous organization contributed importance of water conservation and Farmers & Merchants bank donated its first pledge payment of $125,000 to watersheds. utilizing the Aquarium’s its first payment of $25,000 towards support a solar energy system for the new interactive watershed exhibit and a pledge of $100,000 over four years. Animal Care Center. by enhancing our lEED-certified classroom, thousands more This restricted funding will support the state-of the-art animal healthcare facility students will be led on a journey from the Aquarium’s ongoing capital projects. with photovoltaic panels, we will not only mountains to the coastal ocean this year. provide the highest level of care to our ■ KUd international sponsors animals, but also serve as a model for ■ Wells fargo foundation supports the 2009 Ocean Conservation sustainable development with the facility’s education efforts awards Gala planned lEED-platinum certification. Wells Fargo Foundation granted $50,000 The Aquarium of the pacific was towards the Education Fund, which serves honored to have KuD International as ■ bernadetts support the more than 250,000 students and teachers the major sponsor for the 2009 Ocean animal Care Center each year through hands-on education Conservation Awards Gala, contributing The Animal Care Center project received classes and workshops. part of the grant $25,000 to the event. All funds raised a $100,000 gift from Aquarium members was also directed to sponsorship of the are directed to the Aquarium’s many Martha bernadett and her husband weedy sea dragon exhibit for 2009. conservation and education programs. Faustino bernadett. The new Animal Care Center will include educational ■ bureau of reclamation ■ los angeles County board of programming where guests can experience donates $40,000 for supervisors and don Knabe close-up interaction with our animal care drought-resistant Garden Continue support staff and observe the procedures and recognizing that more than half of the Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific practices in aquatic veterinary medicine. water usage in Southern California each exhibit and environmental classroom was year is for landscaping, the bureau of supported by a second pledge payment of ■ boeing donates to reclamation donated $40,000 in April $25,000 by the los Angeles County board Capital Projects 2009 for a drought-resistant garden on of Supervisors/Don Knabe. The addition The boeing Company, a corporate the Aquarium’s front lawn. Aquarium of this conservation-focused exhibit supporter since the opening of the visitors will see a working model of illustrates the Aquarium’s commitment to Aquarium in 1998, provided its sustainable gardening and low-flow educating the public about environmental third pledge payment of $100,000 irrigation that can be adopted for their responsibility and sustainability. 24 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
Aquarium News aquarium accolades■ thUms long beach Company and Occidental Petroleum Corporation executive officers aquarium board of directors Give to Cesar Chavez Dr. Jerry R. Schubel elementary school president and ceo Partnership A long-time funder of the Cesar Poetry Contest Winner Mr. David Kane cfo Chavez Elementary School The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to Ms. Barbara Long partnership, THuMS long announce the winner of its shark poetry contest. corporate secretary beach Company and Occidental petroleum Corporation donated Saluting the Aquarium’s shark summer, Aquarium mem- board of directors $25,000 in June to support Mr. James M. Breslauer bers, guests, and the public were invited to participate in ocean science literacy for a poetry contest. The poets were asked to express their Mr. Howard Chambers underprivileged K-5 students feelings about sharks and/or rays in 200 words or less. at a local Title I school. Mr. Stephen Conley The Aquarium wishes to thank those who submitted poems. All entries were judged by poets Will Alexander and Jeffrey Mr. Craig Cooning■ ahmanson foundation Yang and Aquarium President Jerry Schubel. Four winners Mr. Edwin Feo supports marine science were selected in the categories of first place, second place, academy Partnership and two people tied for third place. Mr. John Fielder The Aquarium is entering its Following are the first-place winning haikus from poet Ms. Jennifer Hagle second year of partnership with Ellaraine Lockie. board secretary St. Anthony High School on Mr. Roy Hearrean the Marine Science Academy program. St. Anthony High Mr. Russell T. Hill Vice chairman School received a $25,000 on Pacific coast grant from the Ahmanson Mr. Samuel King Foundation to build a biology shark shaped rocks protrude from sand Mr. Bert Levy laboratory for the Marine high tide encircles Mr. Steven Mayer Science Academy. The Aquarium is pleased to bring Ms. Janice Mazyck its marine science educators September high tide Mr. John Molina to the school to lead in the swallows yesterday’s debris instruction of marine biology. Dr. Mario Molina footprints disappear chairman Mr. Stephen Olson Mr. Douglas Otto Lockie is a poet, essayist, and nonfiction author who lives Ms. Lynne M. Preslo, R.G. in Sunnyvale, California with her husband, cat, and three rabbits. She loves to go back to her home state of Montana Mr. Christopher Rommel in the summers, where she stays in a prairie cabin on land Dr. Jerry R. Schubel that used to be her familys homestead and where she Mr. Michael Sondermann keeps her horse, Sadie. She has two grown daughters in Los Angeles. Mr. Marvin J. Suomi All of the winning poets and their poems can be found Mr. Peter Tong on the Aquarium’s website at www.aquariumofpacific. Mr. Thomas Turney org/sharksummer/poetry_contest. To hear the winning entries and meet the first place winner, please join us Ms. Denise Wynn at the coffeehouse poetry reading by Will Alexander on Mr. Stephen Young Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. www.aquariumofpacific.org winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 25
Aquarium News aquarium accolades trustees of the Pacific A special thanks to the following individuals who serve as the Aquarium’s trustees of the Pacific. Trustees are generous donors who also volunteer their time and expertise in support of the Aquarium’s mission and vision. Mary Jane Adams Dr. Jerry r. Schubel, president, Aquarium of the Pacific; irmelin DiCaprio, president, the Leonardo DiCaprio Doug and Holly Carpenter Fund; eisuke tsuyuzaki, vP of corporate development, Panasonic hollywood Laboratory; Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Esther Chao business product manager, Google earth and maps; mario molina, chairman, Aquarium of the Pacific and president, Donald and Sally Clark molina healthcare Frank and Michelle Colonna John Crochet The Aquariums Gala raised over $300,000 while celebrating each of its honorees and Jose and Brigitte Collazo their respective contributions. The Aquarium also congratulates its Heritage Award Dominic and Margaret DeCristofaro Gary and Dawna DeLong recipients and Aquarium Scholars. John and Vickie Dupuy Bill and Gail Engvall Walt and Linda Florie Geof Garth and Jean Egan 2009 Ocean Conservation awards Brendon Thompson – January 2009 Dan and Felicia Gilbao Our 2009 Ocean Conservation Awards Abram Adams Marvel – february 2009 Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, co-chair Gala was a success by raising more than Chansopary Karen Soum – March 2009 Robert and Sonia Gordon $303,000 for the Aquarium, while bringing Symphony Warner – april 2009 Jim and Gail Gray together more than 350 guests to celebrate Brent Maxwell Ward – May 2009 John and Elizabeth Hancock the union of arts, science, and technology. Jim and Jorene Hankla The honorees were the Leonardo DiCaprio alex tekurio | Heritage Award Jeff and Julie Headon Foundation, the Ocean in Google Earth, and In June Alex Tekurio received the Aquarium’s Corinne Heyning, co-chair Panasonic Corporation. Representatives of Heritage Award for his dedicated service to Radm John and Nancy Higginson each organization spoke about the work of the Pacific Islander communities of Southern Matt and Lisa Humphreys the Aquarium of the Pacific in relation to California. Tekurio and his wife Tanya Michael and Diane Jensen their own company’s efforts for the environ- founded the Polynesian dance studio Hitia O Richard Katz ment. Save the date for next year—Saturday, Te Ra, which translates to Rising of the Sun, Renee Handler-Klein and Jim Klein June 12, 2010. in 1980 in Garden Grove. Through teaching Supervisor Don and Julie Knabe and performing the dances and music of John and Joan Knight aquarium scholars the islands, Tekurio preserves Polynesian Glen and Cabrini March In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the tradition. Phyllis Miller Aquarium honored 10 Long Beach students John and Michelle Molina who had shown outstanding efforts in the ar- Johnnie alexis eagan | Young Hero Award Charles Moore and Sam Canon eas of science, environment, ocean science/ At the Día del Niño festival, the Aquarium William and Kathleen Mudd marine biology, promoting cultural diversity, honored Johnnie Alexis Eagan as its 2009 Beverly and William ONeill and exceptional community service. Below Young Hero of the Year. The 11-year-old Gainer and Lynne Pillsbury are each of the scholars, one chosen each student volunteers in many capacities, such Dennis and Suzanne Poulsen month from August 2008 through May as helping to feed the homeless in our sur- Fred and Janet Riedman 2009. Podcasts and news articles can be rounding community or raising funds for an Ronald Rulison and Robert McNeel found on the Aquarium website (www. orphanage in Ecuador. The Aquarium Tony Sabatino aquariumofpacific.org) for more information recognizes Eagan for her commitment to Kurt Schulzman and Richard Neri on the winners. helping people and her dedication to making John and Patricia Shadden Johnnie Alexis Eagan – august 2008 a difference. Bill and Melody Simmons Zacharie Michael Arellano – september 2008 Jeanne Sleeper Simmie Sims – October 2008 Ken Walker E’mon White – november 2008 Bill Waterhouse Juan Lopez – December 2008 Charles Wilmot 26 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
Conservation Cornerlandscaping for drought FAHrIA QAdErDrought-resistant landscaping can reduce your homes water bill by up to 70 percent.A new garden on the Aquarium’s front lawn will feature drought-resistant plants,including California natives. The goal is to “plant a seed” for guests: A garden withdrought-resistant plants helps to conserve freshwater resources. C ALiFOrniA is in its third year of drought, and 2010 is sprinklers so that only your lawn is watered, not the house, sidewalk, expected to continue to be dry. Our current use of water in or street. Smart sprinkler controllers can also be a good investment, Southern California is not sustainable. One significant way as they schedule watering times and adjust the watering based on for individuals to help is to conserve water by being automatic weather updates. Saving 30-70 percent of the landscape“low-flow” consumers. If you have a yard or garden, chances are that watering bill would eventually recoup the cost of the initial investment70 percent of the water you use is for your grass, plants, and trees. in such a product. Another suggestion is to put a layer of mulch aroundYou can make a difference towards reducing our water deficit by trees and plants to reduce evaporation and improve the soil.having a water-wise yard and garden. For those that do not use water Using drought-resistant plants and California natives in yourfor landscaping, taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while garden can help with water shortages and the complications of runoff.brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes, and fixing leaky faucets are Wherever possible, it is important to take actions to reduce our waterimportant ways to reduce water usage. consumption to protect our limited freshwater resources in arid The Aquarium will soon be able to inspire its guests with an Southern California.example of a garden that requires minimal water. Thanks to a grant of To learn more about water conservation and watersheds, please visit$40,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation, the Aquarium is planting the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website at www.aquariumofpacific.org/a 2,400-square-foot drought-resistant garden on its front lawn. The exhibits/our_watersheds. You will find a number of education toolsarea will feature both drought-resistant and California native plants here, such as an interactive version of the exhibit. You will be able tothat will thrive and look beautiful with low-water irrigation techniques test your water knowledge and create your own green garden. Anotherand potable water. An extension of the Our Watersheds: Pathway to good resource is The Metropolitan Water District’s Be Water Wisethe Pacific exhibit, the new garden will illustrate a solution to a serious website (www.bewaterwise.com), which contains a lot of informationwater conservation issue in California. The drought-resistant garden on how to cut water consumption. The Long Beach Water websitewill feature interpretive signage so that visitors can learn about the (www.lbwater.org/conservation/consgarden.html) also has a wealthplants and find out how to use drought-resistant flora in their own. of information on water conservation, a garden guide, rebates, an If you have a lawn to maintain, there are many ways you can interactive tool to find water savings in your home, and a scheduleminimize the amount of water you need. Watering your garden before of landscaping classes. Some of the landscaping classes offered by8:00 a.m. reduces evaporation and can save as much as 25 gallons Long Beach Water take place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in theeach time. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust the Watershed Classroom. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 27