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The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s available surface freshwater–enough to cover the continental United States with 10 feet of water if you turned them upside down. In many places along the lakes, you can stand on one side without seeing the shoreline on the other because they are so huge. It’s difficult...

Coral reefs off Curacao in the south Caribbean Sea (Paul Selvaggio 2012) Hello everyone, this is Mark Schick, the Special Exhibits Collection Manager at Shedd Aquarium. I wanted to share a trip report from our latest coral conservation trip with the SECORE Foundation. The SECORE Foundation uses knowledge from coral scientists and aquarium professionals to...

Greetings, NewsWatch readers: this is Tim Binder, the Vice President of Collection Planning at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. For many years, I’ve been involved with beluga whale conservation research in the field and here at home. Today I’d like to invite you to join me on a research expedition to the shores of Alaska. Beluga...

Shedd Aquarium’s rock iguana research trip concluded at two northern cays that are hotspots for tourists based in Nassau. In fact, as we worked the beach, two powerboats arrived with 75 passengers who came to feed the iguanas. Witnessing tour boat activity was frustrating for Shedd’s citizen scientists; after all, they spent previous days observing...

After our early rough days, the weather has calmed and we are traveling beneath relatively sunny skies. On this final leg of Shedd Aquarium’s rock iguana research trip, we’ve ventured to the north Exuma Islands to explore cays where tourists frequently visit and feed iguanas. The endangered iguanas on these cays have been studied for...

Shedd Aquarium’s rock iguana research trip in the Exuma Islands is well underway. For the first four days, we have been anchored off cays in the southern area of the island chain to study endangered iguana populations. Here, we visit three breathtakingly beautiful cays. One is home to a population of iguanas that are visited...

Each year, Shedd Aquarium takes its 80-foot research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, to study endangered Bahamian rock iguana populations, alternating years between the Exuma Islands and Andros Island. Annual monitoring is imperative. As regional tourism booms, conditions on the ground change rapidly; regular research helps support management plans that address the current conservation...

Hello everyone: I’m Dr. Chuck Knapp, the Director of Conservation and Research at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. When I started working at Shedd Aquarium as a young aquarist in 1991, I became fascinated with the world’s most endangered lizards: West Indian rock iguanas. Come along with me as I post blogs and photos of...