Special events scheduled for June 4 & 8
Jun 01, 2011
It's time to celebrate our big blue ocean! Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark World Oceans Day with special activities on Saturday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 8 (World Oceans Day), to honor our connection to the ocean and raise awareness about the need to protect it. Dr. Seuss' One, Two, Three & the Seas returns for a second year with special activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All activities are included with paid aquarium admission. Saturday, June 4 Learn about diversity in the ocean as you spot fish with zany names and odd shapes. Take part in a fishy scavenger hunt. Join us at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. when award-winning pianist Hei-ock Kim and storyteller Jonathan Reinstein magically weave Dr. Seuss' classic McElligot's Pool with piano. Enjoy fishy face painting with Pinky's Big Top from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Vote for the finalists in our Name a Species contest, a partnership with Scripps Oceanography researchers who recently discovered new species of deep-sea worms. Wednesday, June 8 Take part in a fishy scavenger hunt. Listen to classic Dr. Seuss stories at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Create a Seussian crown. Watch a special World Oceans Day dive show in our two-story, 70,000-gallon kelp forest tanks at 2 p.m. where the winners of our Name a Species contest will be announced. First envisioned in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate our ocean and personal connection to the sea. The summit was the first major international gathering focused on the health of the ocean. Its centerpiece was the ratification of the Global Warming Treaty, made possible by the inaugural 1990 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body of researchers - including a dozen Scripps Oceanography scientists - who analyze climate change and its impacts on the planet. The United Nations declared June 8 the official World Oceans Day in 2009. ----- Still feel like celebrating? Honor the ocean all month long with a series of special events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps designed to raise awareness of our ocean. Leatherback hatchling Monday, June 13 Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Sea Turtles of Indonesian New Guinea Geoffrey Gearheart, Scripps marine biology student 6:30-8 p.m. Little is known of the initial phase of the sea turtle's lifecycle, especially for the critically endangered leatherback. Ocean surface currents play an important role as "conveyer belts" for hatchlings, but these strong swimmers might still be able to influence their trajectories at sea. Join Scripps marine biology student Geoffrey Gearheart as he explains how scientists are determining the dispersal patterns and mechanisms of leatherback hatchlings of west Papua (Indonesia) and how this knowledge may help tailor more adequate conservation measures. RSVP requested: 858-534-5771 Public: $8 Thursday, June 16 Full Moon Pier Walk 7-9:30 p.m. Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour with a Scripps naturalist. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments and exploring the nocturnal habits of marine life. Ages 9+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult). RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online Public: $25 Grunion Run Friday, June 17 Grunion Run 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Ages 6+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult). RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online Public: $12 Saturday, June 18 SEA Days Fish Diversity 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure! Continue the World Oceans Day celebration at this special SEA Days. Learn about the diversity of fish with hands-on activities, meet scientists who study fish and make a recycled fish craft to take home. All activities are included with admission. Thursday, June 30 Ocean Authors Presentation Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California's Far North Coast Marc Shargel 6:30-8 p.m. Award-winning author and photographer Marc Shargel returns to Birch Aquarium to unveil a stunning new book that documents the beauty of California's underwater world and provides a new perspective on the creation of marine protected areas along our shores. RSVP requested: 858-534-5771 or online Public: $5
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About Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of about 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $170 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 425,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu.