Spring to Citizen Science: Watch Ospreys in 2013! - March 28, 2013
(Virginia Beach, VA) – How would you like to be a bird watcher and citizen scientist at the same time? By joining OspreyWatch in the next few weeks, you can discover the joys of watching these easily recognizable birds’ annual spring ritual while making a contribution to the study of global warming.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has joined forces with The Center for Conservation Biology, a research group shared by the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Commonwealth University, to recruit citizens to join OspreyWatch.
“Flight of the Butterflies” in 3D Soars - March 28, 2013
Butterflies are universally known for their beauty and life cycle but they are so much more in the science community. To share this knowledge and foster butterfly conservation, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 3D IMAX® Theater will feature for several months the newly produced SK film “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3D. The film is locally presented by Monarch Bank.
The film immerses audiences in a triumphant journey of perseverance that spans thousands of miles and several generations -- tracking real monarch butterflies to their mysterious Mexican winter haven where audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight: hundreds of millions of REAL live butterflies in one of the most amazing places on Earth!
Virginia Marine Debris Summit Nets Plan During Virginia Green Certified Event - March 14, 2013
(Virginia Beach, VA) - The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center hosted a two-day Virginia Marine Debris Summit February 27-28. Sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and the Aquarium, the summit welcomed 70 attendees to Virginia Beach and brought together marine debris experts and target audiences.
Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech opened the summit reminding attendees of the importance of addressing the debris issue at its source as well as once trash enters the marine environment. Invited speakers included staff from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Environmental Protection Agency, university scientists, non-governmental organizations, and state and local governments.
The goal of the summit was to begin development of a Marine Debris Management Plan for the state as part of an overall water quality strategy of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). Management options from the summit will be presented to the Virginia Coastal Policy Team and to MARCO for consideration.
Of particular note, the Aquarium food service provided by Sodexo, and all activities during the event generated zero landfill waste. This means the limited amount of waste from the event was entirely recycled or composted. As a result, the event received the highest rating from the state as a Virginia Green Certified Event.
VIRGINIA AQUARIUM SPRING HAPPENINGS - March 11, 2013
To find out about the exciting events that are scheduled at the Virginia Aquarium between now and early June, please click on the read article or news release link.