Queen conch, Lobatus gigas, is a marine snail with an iconic shell that serves as a culinary staple in The Bahamas. However, thousands of years of exploitation in the greater Caribbean region has had clear impacts on conch abundances. If queen conch populations in The Bahamas continue to decline, scientists warn the inevitable end to economically viable conch fishing if actions are not taken to allow the conch stocks to recover. Published in the scientific journal, Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, the study documents population changes associated with heavy fishing and provides recommendations to rehabilitate the Bahamian queen conch stock based on surveys and evaluations conducted by Community Conch and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
When Duneland Schools close for the President’s Day Holiday, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club will offer our Kidstop program for parents who still need a safe place for their children to attend while at work. Kidstop will be offered February 15 and 18, 2019 from 6:30 in the morning until 6:30 pm.
The science of training and behavior is an essential part of excellent animal care. Training and enrichment provide the animals with mental stimulation and physical exercise as well as help Shedd’s highly trained staff deliver exceptional care by making the animals active participants in the process.
The recent opening of the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital also meant the transition from a location where mothers had given birth for more than a century. For many of these years, Brahms Lullaby would play hospital-wide to signal that a new life had entered the world.
Chicago residents will have plenty of chances to swap the cold this January and February to explore the toasty Amazon Rising habitat where red-bellied piranhas live or spend time in the Caribbean Reef with Nickel the sea turtle. That’s because Shedd Aquarium is offering 25 Illinois Resident Free Days during the first two months of the year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been selected to receive a grant from ArcelorMittal in the second year of its special community investment initiative, “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.” Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is part of a cohort of 14 nonprofit organizations in the Calumet region (Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Alabama that were awarded a total of $325,000.
Ring in the new year with new resolutions that benefit both humans and the planet we live on! Whether it's spending more time outdoors, reaching out to government officials to speak up for our planet’s wildlife or reducing your use of single-use plastic, Shedd Aquarium’s conservation experts are offering a few resolutions you can take on in 2019.
We published hundreds of articles on the PortageLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!
To most kids, Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. All of the smiling faces kids have while opening presents and spending time with their families are moments that are to be cherished and remembered throughout the years. Although Christmas is a magical season, not all families have the privilege of enjoying the holiday with presents and material joy. On Thursday evening, 500 children a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana experienced a Christmas they will always remember.
For more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enhance Shedd’s animal welfare practices. But, for the first time this year, the aquarium’s conservation scientists have been proposing projects to the students that advance their ability to conduct research to protect populations of animals in the wild. This expansion to the partnership aides Shedd’s field research in the Great Lakes basin and in the Caribbean region while offering engineering students an opportunity to get their hands wet creating prototype technology for real-life challenges that come while studying animals in nature.