By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium science educator and naturalist
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is taking gradual steps toward sustainable business practices. Our most recent success involved upgrading 150 exhibit lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Find out why this facility improvement means so much to us.
Exhibit carpenter Kevin Stephens has been [...]
Birch Aquarium’s coral habitats feature captive-raised coral to lessen our impact on the environment.
A study released this week by marine biologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego provides the basis for a new, non-invasive way scientists can assess the health of corals in the wild, a discovery aided by Birch Aquarium’s [...]
Birch Aquarium at Scripps aquarist Jeremy Lord dives in the 2,000-gallon sardine tank to clean algae off the glass.
Your first memory of sardines may be from playing the game as a kid. This version of hide-and-seek makes players hide in a small space together, packed like sardines in a can.
At Birch Aquarium at [...]
By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator
I’m happy to report that our second trip to Flinder’s Jetty was a success!
If you recall, we were greeted with murky water during our first attempt to dive at the Jetty, a well known site for weedy seadragons. Strong northernly winds didn’t make us feel optimistic about our second [...]
Senator Christine Kehoe (right) congratulates Catie Fyfe and Charina Layman of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Birch Aquarium’s efforts to be sustainable and to teach the community about sustainable living garnered special recognition yesterday. The California Center for Sustainable Energy honored the aquarium with its Sustainable Community Leadership award during the Center’s eighth annual Energy All-Star Award Ceremony.
Lighting techniques and multimedia help transform the stage into the Peqoud. ©Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera.
It’s not often that marine science and the opera find common ground, but the two will merge this February in the San Diego Opera’s highly anticipated production of “Moby-Dick.” Based on the Herman Melville novel, the acclaimed new opera [...]
We love marriage proposals at Birch Aquarium. There’s just something about the ocean that brings out the romantic in everyone who visits.
Congrats to J.J. and his new fiance, Christine, who got engaged a few weeks ago in front of our coral tank. Our aquarists dipped a proposal sign into the tank, unbeknownst to Christine [...]
Happy Opening Day!
We couldn’t have been more excited to open the gates this morning to Boundless Energy. And it seems like our visitors –especially the kids – really like this new addition.
Hope you visit soon.
Our first preview reception for Boundless Energy is next Wednesday, so we have one week until the new exhibit needs to be ready.
Anyone who has worked in the museum/attraction biz knows how hectic things can be leading up to an opening. Our stellar exhibits team is working feverishly to ensure that everything is up [...]
Construction is progressing well for our Boundless Energy exhibit, opening this summer. Crews have outlined all of the major exhibit sections and have begun to install the physical components.
Check out the exciting progression below, from the installation of wind turbines, to the raising of canopies for the Ocean Power section, to the appearance of [...]