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August 17, 2006

Aquarium Dvd Postcard Wins National Award

The “Silver Telly” recognizes only the top 10% in the nation The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s DVD Postcard has received the top honor at the 27th annual Telly Awards. From more than 12,000 entries received from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, judges of the 27th Annual Telly Awards bestowed the program’s top honor — a Silver Telly Award — on a local company, Digital Video Designs of ... more

July 14, 2006

Aquarium Opens Snowy Plover Exhibit

The exhibit includes four chicks recently hatched at the Aquarium A celebration will commemorate the opening of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s new permanent Western Snowy Plover Exhibit Tuesday, July 11 at 12:30 pm. The exhibit includes four plover chicks that were recently incubated and hatched at the Aquarium, which has been successful in past rehabilitation and release of western snowy plove... more

June 19, 2006

Aquarium Selects Director Of Animal Husbandry

The selection of Jim Burke is announced by Aquarium President Dale Schmidt The Oregon Coast Aquarium announced its selection of Jim Burke as the new Director of Animal Husbandry. Burke has been with the Aquarium since March of 1997 serving in different capacities including aquarist, Manager of Gallery Exhibits, and most recently as Assistant Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates. Burke wi... more

June 09, 2006

Snowy Plovers Hatch At Aquarium

The birds will be featured in a new exhibit slated to open this summer Two snowy plover chicks hatched at the Oregon Coast Aquarium last week and two additional eggs are doing well in the incubator. The snowy plover is a native shore bird that lives on the beach year-round. Recent counts indicate that only a total of about 150 birds remain on the entire coast of Oregon. The main reason for t... more

June 07, 2006

Aquarium Celebrates World Ocean Day

Aquarium visitors will be treated to two screenings of “Common Ground” The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport celebrates World Ocean Day June 8 with a day-long celebration offering activities and information about our oceans. The day’s activities are highlighted by two screenings of the award winning documentary Common Ground in the Aquarium’s Qwest Theatre. This year commemorates the 14th ann... more

May 28, 2006

Claws Opens!

Claws is colorful and interactive The Oregon Coast Aquarium's newest exhibit, Claws explores the adaptations and remarkable diversity of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, isopods and copepods. The extraordinary color and active habits of crustaceans make the animals themselves fun to watch, but the real fun begins with the hands on activities. A variety of interactive displays explain crustacean adap... more

May 05, 2006

Aquarium And Solv Team Up To Clean Up Yaquina Bay

Divers and Kayakers brought in an estimated 3,000 pounds of trash from the bay The Aquarium’s annual week-long cleanup of Yaquina Bay brought in over 3,000 pounds of marine debris, thanks to the dedicated divers and kayakers who helped clean up the tide line and the bottom of the bay during Earth Week, April 23 – 29. Thompson’s Sanitary Service donated a drop box for the week-long event, fo... more

April 21, 2006

Birds Rescued By Aquarium Aviculturists

Injury of a common loon demonstrates need for careful fishing Aviculturists at the Oregon Coast Aquarium rescued two birds recently; a common loon and a common murre. Both were found injured and were brought in for rehabilitation. The common loon was ensnared in a tangle of fishing line and would have died. The common murre has a wing injury of unknown origin. The cost of caring for the bi... more

April 10, 2006

Aquarium Earns Aza Accreditation

The rating puts the Aquarium in the top 10% of the Nation's Zoos and Aquariums The Oregon Coast Aquarium is proud to announce that accreditation was granted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation Commission during its meeting at the association’s Regional Conference held in Jacksonville, Florida. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to become accredited in order to become me... more

April 06, 2006

Turtle Exhibit Closes; Claws! Arrives

Aquarium’s Turtle Exhibit Closed April 4 The exhibit, "Turtle Trek: A Journey of Survival" closed April 4 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and construction has begun in the changing exhibit space, transforming the area into a colorful new exhibit. The exhibit, titled "Claws!" will explore the adaptations and remarkable diversity of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, isopods and copepods. "Claws!" will op... more