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Aquarium of the Pacific 2008 Annual Report

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  2. 2. Table of Contents3 Introduction5 Message from the President and Chairman7 New Exhibitions and Programs11 Educational Programming15 Festivals and Guest Speakers17 Conservation21 Volunteers23 Fundraising Successes29 Major Donors33 Financial Overview34 Administration Annual Report Staff Alexi Holford, Editor and Writer Andrew Reitsma, Graphic Designer Cecile Fisher, Editorial Advisor and Copy Editor
  3. 3. A Celebration of theAquarium and StaffEnisaliqui tin ulla feu faccummy nis aut nulput augiam vel dolore et, quissedionullum eugue exerit etummy nos ad tem amet aut wis ametum ad dunt wisi blafaccum ipisisciduip euis num dolore dolortinibh et inci bla accum irit eugait nibheraessi.Aliqui Tin tueraestrud modolenibh er si measures ranging from reducing peak period energy usage to implementing environmentally friendly construction in an ef-The Aquarium’s multifaceted Catch a Wave program featured fort to increase energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, andnumerous exhibits, programs, and events on the science, demonstrate leadership in sustainability.power, and beauty of waves. Catch a Wave was a truly cross- The Aquarium of the Pacific continued to play important rolesdepartmental effort that resulted in an educational and en- in our community and in making positive change in soci-tertaining experience for guests. They not only learned about ety. One of the Aquarium’s most important roles is to bringtsunamis and wind waves, but also the history of surf culture together experts, policy- and decision-makers, and diverseand animals that live in the surf zone. stakeholders to identify and explore alternative strategies toThe Aquarium was pleased to introduce three new sea lions deal with ongoing issues that affect our ocean and our planet.and a seal in 2007. Our Shorebird Sanctuary also opened in For example, we hosted a city-wide forum on making Long2007, providing opportunities to learn about tidal wetlands, Beach a greener city in October 2007. Through an expandingshorebirds, and several species of fishes and plants. And we number of collaborations, we bring the resulting ideas to thewere pleased to break ground on a new public exhibition on public through the Aquarium. We take the long view and dowatersheds and classroom that will open in 2008. not shy away from complex, often controversial issues andThe Aquarium continued its partnership with Cesar Chavez strategies.Elementary School in Long Beach in 2007. The improvementin science scores at Cesar Chavez Elementary since the begin- Aliqui Tin tueraestrud modolenibh er sining of the partnership with the Aquarium in spring 2005 isdramatic. The school’s academic performance for the 2006- The Aquarium continues to expand its portfolio of programs2007 schoolyear demonstrates marked progress in relation in education, conservation, and outreach. Many of theseto its scores in prior years as well as in comparison to other programs are possible only because of our growing network ofschools in Long Beach and California. partnerships with outstanding organizations across the coun-The Aquarium became the first among U.S. zoos, aquariums, try, such as the City of Long Beach, the State of California, theand museums to earn the status of a Climate Action Leader™ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and theby successfully certifying its greenhouse gas (GHG) emis- National Research Council. Helping visitors become environ-sions inventory with the Climate Action Registry in 2007. By mental stewards who are committed to conservation is a keyjoining the Registry, the Aquarium demonstrated its concern part of the Aquarium’s mission. Thank you for your support.regarding global climate change. In addition to participatingin the Registry’s rigorous program, the Aquarium developed
  4. 4. Aquarium Exhibits Engage and Inspire Guests Each year the Aquarium of the Pacific offers a new program and exhibit that is debuted in the summer. Ocean on the Edge opened in June 2008 and included a new Gulf of California exhibit in the changing gallery, as well as a corresponding film, In April the Aquarium reopened the Gulf of California exhibit, lectures, and programs. Other highlights were the opening of formerly called the Sea of Cortez exhibit. This updated the Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific and the updated exhibit is a component of the Aquarium’s partnership with Gulf of California exhibit. Through educating 1.5 million the World Wildlife Fund to provide public education on this guests with these presentations, exhibits, and programs, the fragile ecosystem. Featuring graphics in both English and Aquarium is able to inspire stewardship and further advocacy Spanish, the displays highlight the animals that rely on the for the ocean and its inhabitants. Gulf of California, the threats they face, and what we can do to help protect them. In addition, a new free film created by Ocean on the Edge: Top Ten Ocean Issues the Aquarium about this region, entitled A Sea on the Edge, In celebration of the Aquarium’s 10th Anniversary, the Ocean began showing daily in the Honda Theater concurrent with on the Edge: Top Ten Ocean Issues gallery opened in June the exhibition opening. with exhibits showcasing the ten top issues facing the World Ocean today, including subjects such as climate change, by- Ocean Today Kiosk catch, overfishing, pollution, and ocean literacy. The Aquarium In coordination with the September opening of the Sant utilized animal exhibits, interactives, graphics, and videos to Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural engage guests to explore the most important issues facing History in Washington, D.C., the Aquarium unveiled an Ocean our ocean planet. This exhibit furthered our vision to serve Today kiosk in the Northern Pacific Gallery. Linked to the kiosk as a communicator of ocean science issues to the public, and in the Sant Ocean Hall, the Aquarium’s kiosk provides guests many of the guest speakers in 2008 focused on these themes. with a national feed of ocean news and video features as well Because of the complexity and high level of public interest as local stories created by the Aquarium. The Aquarium was in these issues, additional educational staff provided “mini one of the first five pilot interactive stations that also included tours” throughout the summer in this gallery to engage guests the Shedd Aquarium, National Aquarium, JL Scott Marine in conversation about these topics. Center, and the Mississippi River Museum. Ocean Today kiosks will be ultimately featured in the entire network of 21 Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers throughout the United In November 2008 the Aquarium announced the opening States and Mexico. of its Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific exhibition and classroom, the largest expansion since Shark Lagoon. An Online Media interactive model demonstrates how local watersheds func- The Aquarium of the Pacific uses its website and the internet tion, how watersheds affect us, how we affect them, and what as an educational tool to immerse the public in ocean topics. we can do to reduce human impacts on these vital freshwater In 2008 the Aquarium was selected as a laureate finalist pathways. A new LEED-certified by the international Computerworld Honors Program for its platinum classroom, adjacent to Web 2.0 efforts. The Aquarium’s entry featured FISH TV, the the watershed exhibit, provides live feed from our exhibits to the families of Miller Children’s a venue for small classes and for Hospital; our Oceanpedia website, which provided a forum bringing together stakeholders on for national scientists to develop the content for the Ocean on various topics for meetings. The the Edge gallery; and the Build-a-Fish educational interactive interactive exhibit, classroom, on the Aquarium website. The Aquarium’s online guests can and surrounding native garden also find videos of guest lectures and aquacasts on a variety educate both visitors and school of topics. A photo group on Flickr and YouTube videos of the groups on what we can do to help Aquarium were also added in 2008. conserve water and protect these ecosystems.4 2008 Annual Report
  5. 5. Being Greenis a PriorityThe Aquarium sets a strong example of sustainabilityand stewardship for the environment.A leader in its efforts to be environmentally friendly, the The Aquarium’s annual EndangeredAquarium’s internal business practices are in line with what is Species Habitat Restoration Day is aadvocated to guests throughout the Aquarium. In addition to collaborative event with the Seal Beachrecycling and participating in conservation efforts in the com- National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge wasmunity, the Aquarium makes numerous decisions on day-to- established nearly 40 years ago to protectday choices that lessen the impact on the environment. the California Least Tern and the Light- footed Clapper Rail, two of the state’s most-Sustainable Building threatened avian subspecies. Each yearThe Aquarium’s new watershed classroom (see page x) volunteers prepare habitat for these birds inwas built using sustainable practices and is expected to be anticipation of the breeding season.certified as LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy The weekend-long Earth Day celebra-Design) platinum. To achieve this standard, the Aquarium tion hosts over a dozen organizations withused nature-inspired design choices that incorporated a environmental and conservation-orientedsustainable site, energy efficiency, water conservation, and missions. The Aquarium encourages the public to properly Del dipismo lor-green materials and resources wherever possible. The 1,300 recycle common electronics and prevent pollution by offering pero do eugaitsquare-foot building is powered by solar energy. Landscaping discounted admission for those that bring in e-waste. am quis dolorearound the exhibit uses native plants representing the coastal California Coastal Cleanup Day takes place every year modolobor at,regions of California’s watersheds, and reclaimed water ir- on the third Saturday in September. Each year the Aquarium consequipit, sum quis-rigates the 4,000 square-foot garden area. The classroom’s participates in the state-wide beach cleanup by hosting modit, veritgreen roof allows water to be absorbed and reduces runoff. several locations. volesti smol-The classroom also uses materials that do not release toxic ortie magnagases to ensure good air quality. Marine Conservation Research Institute conummy nos In its second year of reporting to the California Climate The Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Research Institute alissed te eugaitAction Registry, the Aquarium took further initiative by supports ocean research and brings the results of research ex ese feugaitreporting its emissions for all six Kyoto Protocol greenhouse into the conservation process through forums. Two impor- iurem quat ventgases (GHGs) in 2008. The Aquarium decided to begin tant forums were held at the Aquarium in September 2008. wis adiat.reporting carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluo- The Aquarium brought together government agencies,rocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride in ad- aquaculture entrepreneurs, environmentalists, academicvance of what the Registry requires. By joining the Registry scientists, and other stakeholders to explore solutions forand exceeding its requirements, the Aquarium demon- dealing with the looming seafood crisis. Also in Septemberstrates its concern regarding global climate change and its the Aquarium brought together water managers and othercommitment to being a leader in working on this threat to water experts in Southern California to discuss how we willthe ocean planet. In 2007 the Aquarium certified its GHG address losses to our water supply due to pumping restric-emissions inventory with the Registry to become the first tions to protect threatened fish species.among museums, zoos, and aquariums in the United States MCRI funded research included the fifthto earn the status of a Climate Action Leader™. year of sending an Aquarium aviculturist to The Aquarium also continued In 2008 the Aquarium signed up for increased coverage Matinicus Rock off the coast of Maine for two with several ongoing researchfrom its insurance broker, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. weeks in July 2008 to participate in research on projects, including…Participating in their new Upgrade to Green add-on program Atlantic Puffins and other sea birds that is beingwill pay for environmentally friendly upgrades if portions of conducted by a group called Project Puffin. • Crested Auklet Researchthe Aquarium facility ever needs to be rebuilt. Also, Curator of Fishes Sandy Trautwein and • Hydrodynamic Study Assistant Curator Chris Plante participated in a of VertebratesCommunity Outreach four-day abalone population survey cruise with • Kelp ReforestationThe Aquarium’s annual neighborhood street cleanup the California Department of Fish and Game Project (see page x)brought together local families, students, and Vice Mayor at San Clemente and Santa Barbara Islands. • Reef Check SurveysBonnie Lowenthal to pick up trash that might have otherwise Officials from the California Department of Fishended up in the ocean or on local beaches. Using Cesar and Game inspected the abalone in our exhibit • Sea Turtle MonitoringChavez Park and Cesar Chavez Elementary School as the as part of a two-year certification process, which • Sediment Circulationmeeting place, the cleanup had 340 participants who picked may ultimately allow the Aquarium to display Studiesup over 1,200 pounds of trash. and possibly breed endangered white abalone. 2008 Annual Report 5
  6. 6. Educational Programming for All Ages The Aquarium’s education department offers a selection of more than 40 interactive classroom, theater, and auditorium programs that align with California science standards. Of the 1.5 million people who visited in 2008, more than Day Camps 260,000 students and teachers participated in self-guided Seven choices of day camps were offered during the winter tours, sleepovers, standards-based classes, theater programs, school break and the summer season in 2008. At summer or visits from the Aquarium on Wheels. The Aquarium also camps in 2008, almost 500 children, ranging from 3- to offers programs for the public, such as Aqua Tots, Preschool 14-years-old, participated in science activities and helped Programs, family classes, day camps, and birthday parties. feed the fishes through the week-long Ocean Adventure, Job Shadow, Junior Biologist, Marine Science Sleepover, Sea AFFY Award Squirt, and Fish Fry Camps. The half- or full-day classes pro- In April the education department received the 2008 AFFY moted the building of science skills though interactive activi- Award from the Alliance for Distance Education in California ties, games, and crafts. Catering to pre-K through ninth grade (ADEC), the California chapter of the United States Distance levels, students are given the chance to go behind the scenes, Learning Association. ADEC’s AFFY Awards recognize interact with husbandry staff, and help take care of animals at outstanding distance learning projects that incorporate the Aquarium. Many of the students continue to participate in cooperation between education segments (K-20 and lifelong these programs year after year. learning), innovative uses of educational technology, and the involvement of community institutions. Outdoor and Up-close Programs The Aquarium offers several ways to see nature up close through educator-led kayaking tours, coastal and wetland tours, and whale and dolphin watching trips. Throughout Del dipismo lor- various trips, Aquarium guests have been able to see blue, pero do eugait fin, gray, humpback, minke, sperm whales, and even orcas. am quis dolore Newly added for 2008 was the Dolphin Sea Life cruise, in modolobor at, which bottlenose, common, Risso’s, and Pacific white sided consequipit, dolphins were seen. The Aquarium also increased its schedule sum quis- of Behind-the-Scenes Tours onsite as to meet the increased modit, verit volesti smol- demand to learn more about the animal collection. ortie magna conummy nos Homeschool Days alissed te eugait Almost 2,000 homeschoolers came to the Aquarium for spe- ex ese feugait cial Homeschool Days in 2008. In September the Aquarium iurem quat vent hosted two days with approximately 1,500 students and wis adiat. parents in attendance. During their visit, homeschoolers got a chance to interact with education staff, including in classroom programming that involved hands-on activities and through a chance to meet an Aquarium diver. An additional 477 home- schoolers attended a Homeschool Day in December that was added to accommodate requests.6 2008 Annual Report
  7. 7. Miller Children’s Hospital Ocean Art Contest (L-R) The OurThe Aquarium continued its partnership with the Miller The Aquarium of the Pacific, in partnership with the Watersheds: PathwayChildren’s Hospital in 2008. In addition to live video be- Coastal America organization, hosted an Ocean Art to the Pacific exhibit;ing fed from Aquarium exhibits to video monitors in the Contest in 2008. The contest was open to students winners of the nationalhospital lobby, Aquarium volunteers visited the hospital of all ages, from kindergarten through the university Ocean Art Contest met President George Bushmonthly to share educational information, hands-on level. Original paintings and drawings were submitted in Washington D.C.;activities, and crafts with patients. Bed-side versions by more than 2,000 students nationwide to contests students observe aof the program are offered to those children who are hosted at Coastal Ecosystems Learning Centers (CELC). Giant spider crab in theunable to attend the program in the hospital playrooms. Each piece was accompanied by a written narrative Northern Pacific Gallery;Aquarium-designed activity books as well as small toy explaining how the art reflected essential principles of Aquarium staff bringssharks were given to the patients. Through an endow- ocean literacy. Each CELC’s first- and second-place re- out an American kestrel,ment, this program will be offered in perpetuity. gional winners’ artwork advanced to a national competi- one of the program tion in Washington, D.C. Eight national winners came animalsCesar Chavez Elementary Partnership from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and two were flown toThe Aquarium partners with Cesar Chavez Elementary Washington D.C. in September for a ceremony in whichSchool, a Title I School that would not be able to provide they met Dr. Sylvia Earl and President George W. Bush.comprehensive science education to students without theAquarium’s help. Cesar Chavez Elementary faces some Aquarium on Wheelsof the greatest challenges among elementary schools in The Aquarium’s popular outreach vehicle provides aLong Beach Unified School District and in California as a tidepool exhibit for children and adults. By providing directwhole. Over 95 percent of Chavez students have incomes interaction with marine animals such as sea stars, swelllow enough to qualify for free school meals and 49 percent sharks, anemones, and sea cucumbers, the Aquariumlearned English as a second language. The 2007-2008 on Wheels brings an ocean experience to schools andschoolyear established a marine science and ocean literacy community groups. The activities are accompanied byprogram that will bridge integral themes of the language standards-based auditorium and classroom programsarts and science curriculum at Chavez Elementary. focused on topics such as waves and marine animal adap- tations. With 199 visits in 2008, over 37,000 children andUniversity Partnerships adults were served by this unique mobile learning tool.In 2008 the Aquarium had partnerships with theUniversity of Southern California (USC); California State Iliff Infectious Enthusiasm Fund AwardUniversity, Long Beach (CSULB); and the University In honor of Warren Iliff, the Sophak Kongof California, Irvine (UCI). Through the COSIA Aquarium’s founding president, with(Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences) the Iliff Infectious Enthusiasm Fundprogram, Aquarium educators were awarded a subcon- was created in 2006. Thanks to thetracting position on a National Science Foundation Grant. support of donors, the AquariumThrough this program they co-teach with a USC professor established an endowment to funda class on how to communicate science. Graduate and a program in which teachers spendundergraduate science students from USC learn teach- three to five days at the Aquariuming theory and how to apply this theory on the floor of learning about marine science,the Aquarium. Through CSULB, the Aquarium hosted ocean literacy, and conservationfive workshops for pre-service teachers in 2008. The issues. In 2008 Lakewood teacherAquarium continued to provide UCI students the oppor- Sophak Kong became the first re-tunity to serve as Aquarium interns, observing classroom cipient of the Warren Iliff Infectiousprograms and working at the exhibits as volunteers. Enthusiasm Fund Award. 2008 Annual Report 7
  8. 8. Volunteers Make It All Possible Volunteers play a significant role at the Aquarium. Almost every department benefits from their passion and dedication, which inspires and ignites the energies of our paid staff. The 2008 team of 656 active volunteers contributed 118,457 education volunteers in 2008, which helps the Aquarium hours of work, the equivalent of 57 full-time employees, keep its education programs cost efficient. extending the operating budget by $2,311,096.* Another noteworthy volunteer program is the The Aquarium’s dive team had 215 volunteer divers in 2008. VolunTEENs program, with 69 students enrolled in 2008. These specialized volunteers logged a total of 14,017 dives for the Through collaboration with St. Anthony High School’s year, which adds up to just over 294 consecutive days underwa- Marine Science Academy, 20 students contributed almost ter. This included 2,983 presentation dives for the public. 1,000 hours in 2008. University of California Irvine volun- The Aquarium’s education department had over 400 teer interns also increased their presence at the Aquarium volunteers in 2008. Over 44,000 hours were donated by the this year. These programs enhance our exhibit interpretation presence. Rhonda Kurtz the responsibilities of her Lorikeet Forest job description, so she started to look for another way to volunteer at the Volunteering as a Aquarium. Life’s Purpose Kurtz soon began working in the development depart- Since May 1999 Rhonda ment on mailings, organizing the filing system, preparing for Kurtz has volunteered at the and staffing special events, and contributing to numerous Aquarium in many roles: as office improvements. “Whatever needs to be done, I do. It’s an educator, working with my Aquarium,” says Kurtz. “It’s second nature. I don’t know the lorikeets, interacting with why it’s such a big deal,” she says. guests, and providing behind- While Kurtz has been able to do the same jobs as many the-scenes support for the other volunteers, her hearing disability has enabled her to development department. Her connect with some guests in a special way. Kurtz recounted enthusiastic attitude makes her a natural when it comes to many instances where she met guests with hearing disabili- engaging with people. ties. She has given tours to groups of children who are deaf. Working outside at the Ray Touchpool one day, Kurtz She also interpreted for the volunteer services manager when noticed a young boy and his mother using sign language to a new volunteer who was deaf came on board. talk. Kurtz joined them, explaining that rays are related to One of the biggest contributions that Kurtz has made sharks and the spines on their tails are clipped. The child’s at the Aquarium is spear-heading additional accommoda- mouth dropped open in surprise. Kurtz signed to him that tions for people with hearing disabilities. “When there is she is deaf too. Because Kurtz reads lips very well, most no communication, you cannot learn,” she explains. “You people do not even realize she is deaf. She certainly does not go somewhere hoping to learn, but you are sitting in the define herself by her disability. dark. It’s frustrating.” Over time Kurtz provided input to the Kurtz started to volunteer at the Aquarium in the guest Aquarium on how to improve the experience for people who services department. She and other volunteers were respon- are deaf or hard of hearing. sible for welcoming school children to the Aquarium. After So that guests who cannot hear can still enjoy education six months, Kurtz moved to the education department to presentations, Kurtz helped to develop written scripts, which give presentations in the galleries. She also did behind-the- can now be checked out at the Information Desk. For movies scenes tours and worked at the discovery labs. Next Kurtz in the Honda Theater, headsets that translate the audio into moved into a position in husbandry, working in Lorikeet Forest. infrared text are now available due to Kurtz’s help. Closed Eventually some significant health problems interfered with captioning was added to the LCD monitors with video com- Kurtz’s ability to stick to her volunteer commitments. In 2002 ponents throughout the Aquarium as well. Kurtz had to undergo three surgeries in six months as well as In November 2008, on National Philanthropic Day, chemotherapy. Kurtz kept telling herself, “Once I get back to Kurtz was honored for being an outstanding volunteer by the Aquarium, I know I’m better.” She was grateful that the the Association of Fundraising Professionals. After meeting husbandry team would let her come in for as little as an hour Rhonda Kurtz, it is very easy to see that one person can make a week, just to be among her human and feathered friends. a difference. One can only begin to imagine the collective After two more surgeries, Kurtz decided she could not fulfill impact people can make for each other and our planet. *According to figures provided by The Independent Sector in Washington D.C.8 2008 Annual Report
  9. 9. Cultural Festivalsand Guest SpeakersProvide Learning ExperiencesThe Aquarium is a resource for the community as analternative option for lifelong learning.With one of the most diverse audiences of any aquarium inthe United States, the Aquarium of the Pacific brings peopleof many cultures and backgrounds together during its culturalfestivals. The Aquarium also draws scientists, researchers,photographers, filmmakers, and authors from across thecountry to speak on relevant topics. Notable figures such as authors Carl Safina and RichardEllis, Los Angeles Times environmental journalist Ken Weiss,and climate expert Bill Patzert were among the 37 guestspeakers at the Aquarium in 2008. The series presentedinformative lectures on a vast array of topics, ranging fromelephant seals to urban design. These lectures offer an edu-cational resource for Aquarium guests who are interested inlifelong learning. Festivals and Honorees Every year the Aquarium hosts cultural festivals represent- ing our diverse community. Each event honors distinguished community members with the Aquarium’s Heritage Award. A list of those honored is below. Festival of Southeast Asia Day Human Abilities Pich Yon Glenn McIntyre Baja Splash African Jose Zertuche Heritage Festival Reggie Harrison Dia del Nino Emily Brooke Pearson Autumn Festival FilAm ARTS Pacific Islander Festival Mona Porotesano Del dipismo lorpero do eugait am quis dolore mod- Moompetam olobor at, consequipit, sum quismodit, verit volesti Anthony Morales smolortie magna conummy nos alissed te eugait ex ese feugait iurem quat vent wis adiat. 2008 Annual Report 9
  10. 10. Fundraising for Our Mission of Stewardship The Aquarium depends on private donations and grants to realize our mission and provide our 1.5 million annual guests with a world-class educational experience. Income Sources were trained and provided with educational tools to share General Support with their classrooms, these Aquarium experiences contribute The Aquarium of the Pacific relies on unrestricted gifts from to the greater understanding of the World Ocean and the members, donors, corporations, foundations, and other environment around us. Including offsite programs such as partners to fulfill its day-to-day operating needs, and the the Aquarium on Wheels, our educational programs served Aquarium’s 10th anniversary year was no exception. In 2008 over 243,000 students, educators, and community members we were able to advance our efforts to promote science and in 2008. Major contributions to the Aquarium Education Fund ocean literacy among a broad reach of learners of all ages, were provided by Wells Fargo Foundation, The Capital Group boost student involvement, expand our reach to underserved Companies, and many other dedicated donors. communities, and ensure that a vast and growing audience is able to share in the excitement that comes from understand- Ocean Conservation Awards Gala ing and learning about the natural world. American Honda The annual Ocean Conservation Awards Gala honors the Motor Co. Inc.’s continued status as the Aquarium’s largest June anniversary of the Aquarium’s opening by presenting corporate sponsor with more than $387,000 in multiple gifts awards to key individuals and institutions making significant and The Annenberg Foundation’s continued support of our contributions to the environment. At the 10th Anniversary operating budget with a grant of $150,000 were just two of Gala celebration in 2008, we honored Governor Arnold the important donors who made our success possible. Schwarzenegger and the State of California along with Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (U.S. Navy Retired) Membership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Membership continues to be the Aquarium’s largest source (NOAA). Approximately 700 guests enjoyed a gourmet of unrestricted income. For the 2008 fiscal year, $3,226,040 meal in a clear-top tent that was set up on the Aquarium’s in operating revenue was generated through membership and front lawn. Those that attended were the first to see the its related programs. The Aquarium’s members are entitled to Aquarium’s 10th Anniversary tribute film and the new exhibit, unlimited visits throughout the year as well as the opportunity Ocean on the Edge: Top 10 Ocean Issues. This black-tie event to participate in special events, activities, and promotions surpassed all others in attendance and support, bringing in created exclusively for them. Our members take great pride in over $565,000 for the Aquarium’s conservation and educa- knowing that their membership dollars help in supporting all tion programs. The success of 2008’s Gala was greatly sup- of the Aquarium’s efforts. ported by major sponsorship grants from lead sponsor KUD International, major gifts from the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Pacific Circle Foundation, and significant support from Molina Healthcare, In 2008 Pacific Circle members contributed more than Inc.; The Simons Foundation; and Occidental Petroleum $530,000 in support of the Aquarium’s programs. Individual Corporation and their subsidiaries THUMS Long Beach donors, foundations, and corporate supporters that join the Company and Tidelands Oil Production Company. Pacific Circle provide critical support for the Aquarium’s op- erating budget. Nearly 65 percent of Pacific Circle members Sea Fare have been members since the Aquarium opened in 1998, and The 10th Anniversary Sea Fare fundraising event exceeded all new donors continue to join each year. previous years’ earnings, bringing in more than $143,000 from ticket sales, auction bids, and sponsorships. Approximately Aquarium Education Fund 580 guests enjoyed food, beer, wine, and desserts from local The Aquarium is a valuable partner in the greater educational restaurants while bidding on unique auction items and playing community. Whether through a class attended by students, the “Go Fish” opportunity game. All auction items were 100 an informational lecture for adult learners, or teachers who percent donated to the Aquarium.10 2008 Annual Report
  11. 11. Honda Dream RaffleEvery year since 2004 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. hasdonated the prize for a summer-long raffle as an additionalcontribution to the Aquarium. The 2008 raffle featured aHonda Pilot and raised just under $70,000 towards theAquarium’s general operating fund. The winner was KathyNash of Yorba Linda.Adopt an AnimalThe Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal Program continued asan opportunity for our supporters to sponsor the care andfeeding of a favorite animal. All of the “parents” received apersonalized certificate, a photo of the chosen animal, and afact sheet about the species. They also receive an invitation tothe annual Parent Night when they can participate in animalcrafts, explore the Aquarium free of charge, and meet thestaff members who are responsible for the care and feedingof their adopted animal. The Adopt an Animal Program raised and performance in science and environmental learning. The Childrennearly $25,000 in 2008. Water Replenishment District of Southern California, the Earl explore the B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, and The Boeing Company Aquarium’s OurItem Donations were among the many supporters who renewed their support Watersheds:In addition to the hundreds of companies that contribute for the Aquarium Scholarship Fund in 2008. Pathway to the Pacific exhibit.items to the Sea Fare auction, the Aquarium also receives The interactivein-kind gifts that help to increase income and reduce costs. Chavez Elementary School Partnership display il-These donations include everything from business services to Since 2005 the Aquarium has partnered with Cesar E. Chavez lustrates theanimals. The Aquarium partnered with ECO-CELL to recycle Elementary School, a local Title I school that would not watershedscell phones, with commissions supporting the Aquarium’s otherwise have been able to provide comprehensive science of San Pedromission. In addition, supporters donated cars to the BLOK education to its students. Over the last four years science Bay region,Charity Auto Clearance where the proceeds benefitted the test scores of Chavez students have drastically improved, as demonstratingAquarium. measured by California Standards test scores released by the how freshwater California Department of Education in 2008. Major funding flows from theMatching Gifts for this project in 2008 was provided by California Coastal mountains to the ocean.Many employers encourage employee donations by providing Commission from its Whale Tail funding and from Occidentalmatching gifts that double or triple the effect of individual con- Petroleum Corporation and THUMS Long Beach Company.tributions. In 2008 matching gift companies that contributedto the Aquarium for multiple employees included The Boeing Kelp Forest RestorationCompany, California Community Foundation, The Capital The Orange County Kelp Restoration Project has made sig-Group Companies, Chevron, Texaco, ExxonMobil, GE, Los nificant headway towards the restoration and monitoring ofAngeles Times, Merrill Lynch & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Orange County’s historically important kelp beds. In 2008, 49Nissan North America, Inc., and many more. Aquarium volunteer divers conducted 260 dives accounting for 1,028 hours of kelp planting, urchin removal, and monitor- ing surveys. This equates to approximately 10,000 squareEducation Projects meters of restored kelp beds in Crystal Cove and LagunaThe Aquarium of the Pacific conducts several unique education Beach. In addition, more than 1,350 students have becomeprojects that extend our reach to the disadvantaged and under- citizen scientists, learning about kelp and marine ecology,served communities of Long Beach and the greater Southern growing kelp in their classrooms, and teaching the publicCalifornia region. To learn more about the Aquarium’s education about this vital habitat.programs, please see page xx.Aquarium Scholarship Fund Abalone Captive Rearing, Education, and OutreachIn 2008 the donations from individuals, foundations and To support the objectives laid out in NOAA’s National Marinecorporations allowed more than 20,000 students to visit Fisheries Service (NMFS) Abalone Draft Recovery Planthe Aquarium or have the Aquarium on Wheels visit them. (2006), the Aquarium developed captive abalone rearing andThis valuable scholarship program introduces students cultivation techniques for red abalone in 2008 and began afrom Title I schools and community organizations—many of two-year certification process to ensure the abalone facility iswhom have never seen the ocean before—to the wonders of free of disease. In addition to the conservation and researchthe underwater world. Hands-on activities and standards- components of the project, the Aquarium will also create anbased classes provide each scholarship recipient with a solid interactive educational display to inform its visitors of thefoundation to further increase their interest, enthusiasm, ecological, economic, and cultural significance of this valuable 2008 Annual Report 11
  12. 12. coastal species. The abalone project is the first of its kind at the Greater Los Angeles area, seafood consumption is more the Aquarium, paving the way for us to serve as an additional than twice the national average and more than 80 percent West Coast abalone culturing and out-planting resource of the seafood is imported. Seafood for the Future will build while contributing to the conservation efforts of a statewide on local, national, and international markets that are from initiative. NMFS, the key funder of the Aquarium’s project, sustainable, healthful, and socially responsible sources, thus officially designated white abalone (2001) and black abalone making a difference in protecting wild fish stocks and pro- (2009) as endangered under the federal Endangered Species tecting the marine environment by reducing harmful fishing Act. With these designations, there is an increasing need to practices, overfishing, and bycatch. raise public awareness about the plight of all of California’s diminishing abalone populations. Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific With the November 2008 opening of Our Watersheds: Special Projects Pathway to the Pacific exhibit and environmental classroom, Funding from private sources is essential to ensure that the the first phase of the expansion began the process of connect- Aquarium can continue to engage in unique projects and provide ing visitors to critical environmental stories. The classroom educational experiences. Special projects such as new exhibits, is expected to be the first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and enhanced education programs, and innovative conservation Environmental Design) certified Platinum building in Long projects continue to serve the needs of our community in fresh Beach. This addition illustrates the Aquarium’s commitment and interesting ways. to environmentally responsible practices that educate the With increasing annual attendance already meeting the public on sustainable building design, native landscaping, capacity limits of the current Aquarium facility, the Aquarium and the critical nature of our water resources in Southern needs additional space, exhibits, and educational programs to California. An anonymous foundation provided a $100,000 continue in its role as a leader in ocean and environmental educa- grant in 2008 to complete the solar energy installation that tion. A new campus masterplan was developed by staff and the powers this exhibit and classroom. Board of Directors and now guides a series of important projects. Major gifts received in 2008 to support the general expansion Animal Care Center plan were contributed by The Boeing Company, Breslaur-Soref A new 18,000-square-foot Animal Care Center, due to open Foundation, Ed & Maryann Feo, SAVOR…, and many others. in June 2010, will centralize state-of-the-art diagnosis, treat- ment, and recovery facilities for the more than 11,500 animals Endowment at the Aquarium. In the spirit of the Aquarium’s commitment Endowment funds are unique because they provide a per- to interactive learning, the Animal Care Center will reach manent source of income. Funds are kept in perpetuity, while beyond the confines of an animal hospital and serve as an only the interest is spent on programs and exhibits each year. interactive public exhibit, including a public viewing area This creates a very stable form of funding that continues to where visitors can watch surgeries, animal examinations, grow in time, making sure that the Aquarium’s mission can and interact with veterinary staff. Through this direct and be fulfilled far into the future. All bequests and other planned unique experience, visitors will be provided with a new sense gifts help fund the Aquarium’s endowment fund, unless of awareness and animal conservation that can translate into otherwise restricted by the donor. Nautilus Society members how they interact with animals in the natural world. Gifts are those supporters who have named the Aquarium of the received in 2008 to support this project were received from Pacific as one of the beneficiaries of their will, trust, 401(k), or Molina Healthcare, Inc., Mario and Therese Molina, Janet and insurance policy. In 2008, the Aquarium received a bequest of Laurence Watt, and other members of the Molina family, for $53,505 from David L. Kiesling. whom the new center will be named. Sea Otter Habitat Enhancements Pacific Visions and Changing Exhibit Gallery We marked the second year of our four-year expansion plan Blending technology, entertainment, science content, and for the popular Sea Otter Habitat exhibit, thanks to a gift groundbreaking research, Pacific Visions will tangibly show from the BP Foundation. In June the exhibit designers and the interconnectivity between individual animals, habitats, Aquarium staff met with sea otter experts to discuss the and the global environment. The two-story multi-sensory, new habitat design, which will be based on the habitat of the multi-dimensional immersive center will be a groundbreak- Southern sea otter, the species at the Aquarium of the Pacific. ing interactive experience designed to transport our guests All visual and habitat upgrades to the exhibit will be based into the furthest reaches and deepest mysteries of the Pacific on the California coastal region where this species lives, from Ocean. Working in tandem with the changing exhibit gallery, Monterey Bay to Santa Barbara. which will be doubled in size, the combined exhibit space will not only reinforce stories told in our permanent exhibits, but Seafood for the Future also will continuously reinvent the visitor experience, intro- With the support of a $142,000 annual installment on a duce new themes, and foster repeat attendance. During 2008 multi-year grant from Pacific Life Foundation, the Aquarium the Aquarium of the Pacific received a $75,000 grant from has embarked on a new project to enlist Southern California The Kresge Foundation to support a planning project to reach restaurants to provide sustainable seafood on their menus. In LEED Platinum certification for the project.12 2008 Annual Report
  13. 13. 2008 Major DonorsThe mission-driven programs mentioned throughout this annual In 2007 the donors and members of the Pacific Circle generouslyreport are made possible largely through contributions from indi- supported the conservation, education, and environmental pro-viduals, foundations, corporation, and government partners. grams of the Aquarium with gifts of $1,000 or more. We deeply appreciate and thank each donor recognized below.$250,000+ DeMenno Kerdoon Los Angeles County Board of Lettuce Entertain YouAmerican Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Green Foundation Supervisors: Don Knabe Enterprises, Inc. BP Foundation Inc. Bob and Jennifer Hagle Steven and Niko Mayer Michael and Vanessa Lewis Molina Healthcare, Inc. Halbert, Hargrove/Russell Jack and Mary McFerran Edmund and Teresa Lohr Roy and Elda Hearrean Paul and Patti Mickelsen Barbara Long and Bill Waterhouse$100,000+ Institute of Museum and Library Phyllis Miller Gary and Gretchen MarlotteThe Annenberg Foundation Services Robert and Georgia Nichol Raul and Sabrina Martinez The Boeing Company KCSWest Parker Covert LLP Margaret A. Maw Edison International KUD International Steven and Robin Roffer Neil McClean and Allen Charlotte Ginsburg Peri Marek and Peg Urvoas Eunice Knight Saunders Foundation Hilary Garland Wilderness Experience Foundation Milbank, Tweed, Hadley Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Kelly Sutherlin McLeod and Steven B. Mario and Therese Molina McCloy LLP Sims Metal McLeod National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Moffat Nichol International Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Mona and Dr. Jeffrey W. Morris Port of Long Beach Northrup Grumman Corporation THUMS Long Beach Company William and Kathleen Mudd Port of Los Angeles The Olson Company Tidelands Oil Production Company Marsha Naify Stephen and Brenda Olson Tom Turney and Jill Boivin Michael K. Nakashoji$75,000+ Ms. Lynne M. Preslo and Dr. Wayne Union Bank of California Occidental Petroleum CorporationLong Beach Water Department N. Sawka Union Pacific Foundation Orange County Teachers Federal Kurt Schulzman and Credit Union$50,000+ Richard Neri $2,500+ Patrick V. Gough Co., Inc.Steve and Fran Conley The Simons Foundation Anonymous Dennis C. Poulsen and Suzanne M. California Coastal Conservancy Jeanne B. Sleeper Dr. Mary Jane Adams Poulsen Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Michael and Mildred Sondermann ADJG Jonathan and Barbara Roth Foundation UBS Daniel and Theresa Aranda Securitas Security John and Michelle Molina University of Southern California Bank of the West Services USA, Inc. Water Replenishment District of John and Corinne Bertrand Richard C. Smith and Southern California $5,000+ Yvonne M. Bogdanovich Patricia Frobes Wells Fargo Anonymous Bonnie Brae Sony Pictures Entertainment The Abbey Company Barbara A. Pollack and John A. Paul and Marcia Stelling$25,000+ Barratt American, Inc. Burkholder Barbara H. StevensBank of America Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation Catalina Express Scott Sweetow and Croul Family Foundation Begin Today for Tomorrow Charitable Stephen and Patricia Chazen Lisa Green-Sweetow Employees Community Fund of Boeing Foundation Citi Community Relations Peter and Virginia Ueberroth California Boeing Gift Matching Program Dameron Family Foundation Mick and Louise Ukleja Edwin and Maryann Feo BP America Inc. Gordon and Susan DesCombes Verizon Communications, Inc. King’s Seafood Company Carlton Forge Works ERM Foundation The Weiler Foundation Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Doug and Holly Carpenter James and Sue Femino/Femino Foundation City Light Power, Inc. Foundation The Pepsi Bottling Group $1,500+ Donald and Sally Clark Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Savor... Catering by SMG Anonymous (2) Comerica Bank William A. Garlin Jr. Jerry R. and Margaret H. Schubel Tamara Achauer Kenneth and Jeanne Conklin Frederick and Leslie Gaylord University of California Berkeley Doug and Connie Baker Crevier BMW Geosyntec Consultants Mark and Joyce Barnett Farmers Merchants Bank Gibson, Dunn Crutcher LLP$10,000+ Rob Bellevue and Agnes Mulhearn John Fielder and John and Elizabeth HancockJosephine M. Molina-Battiste and Barbara Bixby Blackwell Donita Van Horik Ron Heiman and Janice Riley Heiman Michael Battiste Phil and Charlene Bosl First In Our Hearts Foundation Madeline and Donald Heimark Brek Manufacturing Company Richard Boucher and Andrea Amram Ron and Susan Gastelum Radm John and Nancy Higginson The Breslauer-Soref Foundation George and Judy Breshears Grand Prix Foundation of Mark and Mary Hoover Jeanne M. Brodeur Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Long Beach Matt and Lisa Humphreys BT Infonet Lee and Joseph Cerrell HDR Engineering, Inc. Dr. Masashi and Teruko Itano California Coastal Commission Whale Bill and Wren Chais Bess J. Hodges Foundation David and Lindley Hasenauer Tail License Plate Charles Durnin Apartments Keesal, Young Logan Gary and Cheryl Justice The Capital Group Companies Andrew and Portia Cohen Coral and Ron Levin Kim Ketterman and Art Rodriguez John W. Carson Foundation, Inc. Consortium for Oceanographic Long Beach Area Convention Graham and Mary Ellen Kilsby Esther S.M. Chao Research Education Visitors Bureau The Kleiner Cohen Foundation Citi Foundation Marjorie Countryman Long Beach Transit Patrick M. Kohler Dominic and Margaret DeCristofaro John Crochet Trish and Don Lange 2008 Annual Report 13
  14. 14. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Russell S. Schwartz and Susan D. Richard and Donice Pancost Trump National Golf Club Guest Goland Anthony Pichardo and Morgan Wilson Creek Winery Disney© “EARS to You” Program John T. Shadden, Smith Barney Barrows Wyland Worldwide Steve and Jackie Dodge Cynthia K. Shelton Securitas Security Services Laura and Andria Dougherty Jenny and Dave Shlemmer USA, Inc. David and Adrianne DuMond Sidley Austin LLP Sam’s Club Foundation In Honor of To commemorate a special occasion, Don and Gay Durward Marilyn and Ron Sion Tina and Brian Sarty milestone, or birthday, donations can be Steven L. and Karen M. Eakle Jean Bixby Smith Ned and Irene Sasaki made to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Viktoria Engel Tyer and Sondria Stephens Bob and Gail Schack following individuals have been honored Emily Engel Eiko and Floyd Stewart Charles and Ellen Steinmetz in 2007: Charles Z. and Meri L. Fedak Alexandra and Terrence Sullivan Dr. Preston and Nancy Smith Cecile Fisher and Isaias Castellanos The Ruth and Vernon Taylor Valin Corporation Jeanne Brodeur Adele W. Fortune and Foundation Paul and Stacey Von Berg Esther Chiu-Chao’s Birthday Steve Nash Janie Thompson Whitney Young Children’s Foundation Pat Fisher and Ed Hunter’s Wedding Russ and Karen Frerer William and Karen Timberlake Mike and Lorri Whitney Ron and Coral Levin Fugro West Richard and Amy Toyama Windes McClaughry Will Sherwood’s Birthday Debbie and Bob Fults John and Judi Uphold Randy and Nancy Wolfe Terry Tibor Geof Garth and Jean Egan Chris and Peter Valli Dicky and Dottie Yee Tom Turney and Jill Boivin’s Wedding Sandra B. George Wal-mart Stores, Inc. Terry Whittlinger and Dennis Gill’s Jacky Glass Wells Fargo Foothill Wedding Rob Bellevue and Agnes Mulhearn Howard and Jane Wright In Kind Donors The following contributors donated Gray Grimm and Leah C. Young Linda Dakin-Grimm goods or services to the Aquarium in In Memory of $1,000+ 2007 valued at $1,000 or more: Friends and family donated thoughtful Dr. Carl, Elise and Shelby Hartman Anonymous gifts in memory of their loved ones, Otto and Shirley Henke American Honda Motor Co., Inc. David and Merryl Alpert recognizing their love for the ocean Ann M. Herring Anthony W. Batts, Chief of Police Ivan Altamirano and Christina Olivas and support of the Aquarium. All of us Joseph Herron and Patricia Baird Belmont Brewing Company Beverly T. Anthony at the Aquarium extend our deepest John and Corinne Heyning The Boeing Company Arts Council for Long Beach sympathies to the family and friends of: Albert C. Hu and Michele E. Brantner Bradford Renaissance Portraits Hans and Valerie Imhof Len and Karen Atkins Brew-Haus Coffee Tea Beverly Anthony International Resources Group Robert and Debbie Autrey Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Shannon (Shane) Balazy Christopher and Karen Jennings Kam Babaoff Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria Robert Boles Michael and Diane Jensen Bernard and Debbie Babcock California Pizza Kitchen Elizabeth and Alice Henderson Mary F. Kiddie Ellis Beesley and John Silkey The Camello Family John Heyning Michael and Catherine King Catalina Water Company Casco Group Warren Iliff Jeanne and Ron Kipp CBS Productions “CSI Miami” Cha Cha’s Caribbean Fusion Cuisine Evelyn Kronick Irene Kurata John F. Cermak Chipotle Mexican Grill Virginia McCallum Richard and Linda Landes Vince and Devon Cichoski The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Michael and Lillian Preslo Robert and Nancy Latimer Andrew and Diana Cohen The Daily Grill Long Beach Mary Sawka Thomas and Jae Lee David Comer and Elsie Tucker Gary and Dawna DeLong Mike and Georgie Lynch Deanna Davisson Extreme Pizza Ed and Deb Lyszczek Deemer Family Foundation Farmers Merchants Bank John and Jacklyn Marcus Councilmember Gary and Dawna Gippy’s Internet Solutions, LLC Cindy L. Matsumoto and Gary Y. DeLong Rebekah E. Halpern Matsumoto, Ed.D. Vito and Theresa Demonte Islands Fine Burgers Drinks Norman and Suzanne Metcalfe Desert Commercial II, LLC Restaurant Henry J. Meyer Alan Erlbaum and Jane George JBS Associates Lee and Saundra Minshull Virginia S. Frankenfield Bob and Jennifer Hagle David and Cynthia Mirsky Taylor, Deacon, and Otis Frey JetBlue Barry Molnaa Ann Gardener Ken Kurtis Lindsey Philpott and Neil McClean and Hilary Garland King’s Fish House Kim E. Moore Rocky and Deborah Gentner King’s Seafood Company Jeffrey Morgan and Kim Knepper Jim and Gail Gray KTLA TV National Charity Support Foundation Gregg Young and the 2nd Street Band Los Angeles Lakers Charles and Rennee Nicholas Muriel Horacek Mrs. Lynne M. Preslo and David and Tina Nishida HSBC North America Dr. Wayne N. Sawka Nissan North America, Inc. Richard Katz Mai Tai Bar NOAA Coastal Services Q. Scott and Hiroe Kaye Parkers’ Lighthouse Alex and Margie Norman Jean and Charles Lane Rossmoor Pastries Luther and Ginger Nussbaum Sam Lantinga and Lauren MacDonell Rowley Portraiture Rosellen and Harry Papp LBS Financial Credit Union Shark Trust Wines Joan B. Pauloo Laura Loftin Sheridan Associates Law Nancy and Byron Pinckert John and Linda Loftus Corporation Lyn and John Pohlmann Mark IV Capital, Inc. Sidley Austin LLP Will J. Reid Foundation Margie and Jon Masterson SMG Catering Janet and Fred Riedman Virginia McCallum Charitable Trust Southern California Edison John and Susanne Rouse Jerry and Colleen McDonald Taco Beach Cantina Nicholas L. Saakvitne and Sharon L. Robert McNeel and Ten Salon Inc. Heritage Ronald Rulison The Portofino Hotel Yacht Club Jonathan and Jamie Saltman Alex G. Nason Foundation, Inc. Tokyo Wako14 2008 Annual Report