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Birch Aquarium Gives Thanks

We asked the staff at Birch Aquarium to share what they are thankful for this holiday season. Here is some of what they had to say:

I am thankful…

…to share my love of marine science with our visitors. It’s such a gift to see their faces light up when learning about our planet and [...]

Coral Reef Ambassadors Travel to Taiwan

High Tech Middle Media Arts teacher Erika Reed (center) and her students get ready to snorkel over Hobihu Reef in Taiwan.

By Fernando Nosratpour, interim co-curator

In 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and our sister aquarium, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Taiwan, were awarded a highly competitive Museums Connect [...]

My International Internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Milou van der Lans, a Dutch high school student, recently completed an international internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Milou van der Lans, high school intern

Sea stars take their stomachs out and make sea star milkshakes of their food.

Sea urchins can give hugs.

Jellyfish are not fish; seahorses are. Male seahorses get [...]

Birch Aquarium’s Volunteer of the Month: April 2013

Volunteer Don Ward

Join us in celebrating our April Volunteer of the Month: Don Ward!

Many visitors and staff know Don as a somewhat permanent fixture at the aquarium. That’s no surprise considering he’s been a volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the past 12 years, often spending two afternoons per week and even [...]

Healthy Corals: Birch Aquarium contributes to recent Scripps discovery

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 [...]

‘Shark Summer’ with Dr. Andy Nosal

Dr. Andy Nosal poses with a local leopard shark.

Summer is just around the corner, and we have big plans for it! We’re thrilled to announce a new initiative at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and introduce a new member to our team: Dr. Andy Nosal.

As our DeLaCour Fellow for Ecology & Conservation, Andy, a [...]

Birch Aquarium Summer Camp Coordinator Recognized by American Camp Association

Birch Aquarium Public Programs Coordinator Charina Layman.

Birch Aquarium’s Summer Learning Adventure Camps are one of a kind, and we’re not the only ones who think so! In February, the American Camp Association (ACA) recognized the aquarium’s public programs coordinator, Charina Layman, with its Rising Star Award.

Charina’s award acknowledges her commitment to [...]

Head Aquarists Recognized by UC San Diego for Diversity Efforts

At Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we are constantly working to broaden our reach, to share the wonders of the ocean with as many visitors as possible. Our staff strives to connect the public—especially underserved and diverse audiences—with cutting-edge ocean and earth science.

This week, our head aquarists Fernando Nosratpour and Leslee Matsushige were [...]

Sandy Shores: A window into Birch Aquarium’s school programs

Local elementary school students learn about the ocean and its habitats during a Birch Aquarium School Program.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

“And then, over thousands of years, Rocky makes his way down the mountain, tumbling and tossing about, getting pushed around by wind and rushing water until—finally—he ends up on the beach [...]

Update: Seadragon Conservation Breeding Program

This fall, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has been busy preparing to launch our new seadragon conservation initiative.

Our exhibit designers are working closely with the Husbandry Department to design a state-of-the-art, onsite laboratory that will support efforts to breed this incredible species. They are using valuable information gained from aquarist Leslee Matsushige when she traveled to Australia last [...]