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Have you seen them? Iridescent pelagic cormorants are nesting below our decks. Watch these diving birds swoop and plunge for seaweed nesting material and fishy snacks for their chicks. Thanks to member Gene Barclift for these fun #FanFriday photos!
Did you know that we help rescue and rehabilitate threatened snowy plovers? Birds in distress and eggs that have been abandoned are often brought to the Aquarium. We’ve taken in more this year than ever before: in excess of 20 eggs, and numerous chicks. We’ve already successfully released several in the Monterey Bay area! Learn more in our latest video podcast.
It’s been a busy year for our staff and volunteers working with snowy plovers! So far we’ve received 23 abandoned eggs, and are caring for 10 chicks behind the scenes. We’re also celebrating the release of two plovers back to the wild—the first of the season!
We rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, threatened or damaged eggs and chicks. Since 2000 we’ve raised and released dozens of snowy plovers, outfitting them with leg bands to help track them in the wild. “We know that they’ve been seen reproducing, having eggs and chicks of their own,” says Aimee Greenebaum, associate curator of aviculture. “I feel like we’ve been really successful .”
Snowy plovers nest in shallow nooks in the sand, which means their sand-colored eggs are camouflaged from predators—but also easily damaged. You can help this threatened species: adults abandon their nests when approached, so keep dogs leashed and stay out of marked bird nesting areas.
Learn more about our program
View snowy plovers on our live Aviary cam
"Hey, you lookin’ at me?" Our African blackfooted penguins are naturally curious, as you can see from this great photo, taken by penguin-keeper Monika Rohrer.
Learn more about this endangered species on #WorldPenguinDay
Happy #WorldPenguinDay from our colony to yours! Join the penguin-palooza with our live web cam. Look closely—some penguins may be tucked away in the rocks!
View our Penguin Cam
Learn more about how we’re helping rear endangered African blackfooted penguins, in our podcast.
What’s your guess? It’s a tradition with our staff to predict the day when the first pigeon guillemots will arrive and nest under our decks, traditionally between Feb. 21 and March 1. We’ll let you know when we see them!
It’s a big deal when a penguin chick hatches at the Aquarium. Learn how we’re raising a little one right now—and helping preserve this endangered species.
Learn about the variety of birds you can spot just off our decks and in Monterey Bay, in our latest podcast.
Happy #Friday! The men and women in tuxedos are reporting for duty. You?
Thanks to staffer Debra Naeve for the great video!