Travel south to Baja California’s tranquil lagoons with
Andiamo Tours Mexico and Birch Aquarium at Scripps to see gray whales up-close.
This unforgettable experience puts you in the center of gray whale birthing
grounds. Accommodations and most meals included.
Travel is by private motor coach.
Gift Shop Sale
members receive 20% off all merchandise at the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop
November 30 –December 8. That’s twice the regular member
discount! Shop for books, jewelry, clothing, green gifts, and more.
Grouper Moon: Saving One
of the Last Great Populations of an Endangered Caribbean Reef Fish
Brice Semmens, marine ecologist
Monday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Nassau grouper were considered one of the most important shallow water
fisheries in the Caribbean, yet today are rarely caught. Why has the
species declined so precipitously, and what can be done to reverse the
trend? Join Brice Semmens as he presents findings from the Grouper Moon
project, a long-term research program in the Cayman Islands focused on the
conservation of one of the last great populations of this endangered Caribbean
Whale of a Tail
Saturday, December 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
. Get up close to real
whale baleen and learn why these mega marine mammals swim more than 10,000
miles each year! Join Scripps Oceanography scientists as they share stories of
their current research.
Listening in the Deep: Using Sound to Study Animals We Cannot See
Simone Baumann-Pickering, marine biologist
Monday, January 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Marine animals, like the elusive beaked whale, are notoriously
difficult to study as they are rarely seen. Fortunately, scientists can hear
them! These animals use echolocation to forage and those sounds can be recorded
in even the most remote and inaccessible areas of the ocean.Join Simone
Baumann-Pickering as she details how patterns of echolocation are allowing
scientists to document the natural acoustic behavior of a species, and
determine if those natural patterns are being disturbed by man-made noise.
Underwater Parks Day
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate the fourth annual Underwater Parks Day.
Meet animals that live in our local La Jolla Ecological Reserve, learn about
the importance of our underwater treasures, and explore the best ways to enjoy
our Underwater Parks!
Can You Hear Me Now? Animals Coping with an Increasingly Noisy Ocean
Ana Sirovic, marine bioacoustician
Monday, February 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Many marine animals produce a variety of audible as well
as infra- and ultra-sonic sounds for navigating, finding food, mating, and many
other vital behaviors. With human use of the world’s oceans on the rise,
background noise levels in the marine realm are increasing. Join Ana Sirovic as
she discusses how ocean noise varies across the Pacific Ocean and what this may
mean for whales, fishes, and other animals that rely on sounds for their
Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sound travels faster in water than on land and
scientists use this to their advantage. By listening to whale acoustics Scripps
Oceanography researchers are able to track whale population abundances,
seasonality and behaviors. Meet some of these whale researchers and hear about
their work at this family-friendly event.