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Journey to Baja California: Gaining a New Perspective on Gray Whales

A female gray whale greets visitors to its Baja California breeding lagoon during a special whale-watching excursion with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

Earlier this season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps teamed up with Andiamo Tour Mexico to embark on a remarkable expedition to two gray whale breeding lagoons in [...]

This Winter, Find Yourself in a Tide Pool with Birch Aquarium

Rock ridge at Dike Rock, one of the spots Birch Aquarium will take you on a tidepooling adventure. Photo: Kate Jirik

 By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Dec. 12, 2012—Steel-colored clouds blowing toward the coast bring home the invigorating feeling that winter has arrived in San Diego. Fortunately, the impending rainstorm seems to be [...]

Falling in Love at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

It’s been said that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Why not under the sea?

Three years ago, Melissa Calderwood and Clint Burr, Jr. met for the first time on a blind date at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. They discovered they had a lot in common, especially a love of marine life.

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Volunteers Are Solid Gold

Volunteers are vital to Birch Aquarium’s mission. We could not open our doors each day without them.

In the past 12 months, our 400+ volunteers have given the aquarium more than 33,800 hours of their time, a figure valued at more than $383,700. Now, that’s dedication.

Each summer, we attempt to express our gratitude [...]

Seadragons, Part 7: The Great Barrier Reef

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

My research trip to Australia has concluded and I’m back home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, but I wanted to share some incredible photos from the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest coral reef system, featuring more than 2,900 individual reefs across 1,600 miles. It can even be seen from [...]

Birch Aquarium is for the Birds!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps isn’t just a great place to see fascinating fish.

Last Thursday, an enthusiastic group met outside our doors long before we opened to the public. These eager early-morning visitors were decked out in binoculars, field guides, and scopes. Their goal: bird watching.

Black Phoebe. Photo By Nigella Hillgarth

The group [...]

More Photos: Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

With all the amazing submissions to this year’s Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest, we couldn’t help but post a few more of our favorites to share. Thanks again to all the wonderful photographers who submitted these images.

Juvenile Rockfish in Washington Clam by Herb Gruenhagen (La Jolla Canyon)

 

Calamari for Two by Linda [...]

Winners: 3rd Annual Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

Birch Aquarium was one of five Southern California science centers to host Underwater Park Day on Saturday, celebrating California’s marine protected areas. Underwater parks, or marine protected areas, help to preserve important underwater habitats like our vibrant kelp forests, sea grass beds and deep-sea canyons in La Jolla.

The day was a huge success with [...]

Boundless Energy update

Construction continues on our new Boundless Energy exhibit, opening July 9.

Check out these photos from the last two weeks. Underground construction is now finished and the wind turbines are being installed. Boundless Energy will feature fascinating technology used to harness energy sources such as wind, water, and the sun.

Thanks to all of our [...]

Whale Watching Photo Winners: March & April

We’re a bit behind on this, but below are the winners of our Whale Watching Photo Contest for March & April. You can see winners for February here and December/January here.

Only seven months until whale season resurfaces!

First Place Momof3sharkkids Runner Up TinaMarie34 (Two photos)

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