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Category: Animals

Outreach Programs Take Flight

Work has been underway since last fall to expand the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Live Animal Outreach Program with the arrival of two new raptors this spring. The expansion will enable staff to address Iowa bird conservation initiatives, provide teacher workshop opportunities, and add avian ambassadors to the outreach program’s portfolio. During the last several months, the River Museum received financial support from Resource Enhancement & Protection... Read More
at Monday, June 15, 2020

This summer the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection this summer through a new premier exhibit The Robot Zoo presented by MidWestOne Bank . Adults and children will explore the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight robotic animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels... Read More
at Thursday, March 12, 2020

Members invited to attend Pet Paw-ty

Members! You’re invited to a Pet Paw-ty at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society on February 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event includes creating DIY dog and cat toys, which will then be donated to the animals in the shelter. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and attendees will get a chance to meet some of the shelter’s furrier residents. Anyone passionate about animal welfare is encouraged to attend, regardless of age. Children under eight may need parental assistance in... Read More
at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

River Museum Helps Barrens Topminnow Fight for Survival

The Barrens Topminnow is facing a “one, two punch” in its fight for survival, as the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium joins its corner to go the distance in a hopeful comeback.  The rise of invasive species to the Mississippi River Watershed and habitat destruction due to land use are among the threats that led to the Barrens Topminnow’s introduction to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species in October of this year. Found exclusively in a couple... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Community selects name for River Museum shark pup

After a month-long public voting contest, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has a new name for its Coral Catshark pup. Moonga, meaning coral in Hindi, was the winning name for the young pup. “Moonga is a direct reference to the shark’s species and one of the languages spoken in the region where these sharks are from,” said Jennifer Drayna, Outreach Coordinator. “Conservationist Baba Dioum once said, ‘In the end, we will conserve only what we... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

River Museum asks the public to help name baby shark

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is asking the public to assist in naming its new Coral Catshark pup. The pup hatched March 15 and was seen on national news after video of the hatching hit the Museum & Aquarium’s social media channels. “This is an opportunity to give our new Animal Ambassador a name of significance that both educates the public and helps create connections for visitors and outreach program participants,” said Jennifer Drayna,... Read More
at Sunday, May 12, 2019

River Museum announces arrival of baby shark

After weeks of anticipation, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce the hatching of a Coral Catshark in our Conservation Lab on Mar. 15. It is the first shark born at the Museum & Aquarium and is the newest member of our animal ambassador team. At a time when shark populations worldwide are threatened due to human activity, this shark pup will help spread a message of hope,” said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections at the River Museum.... Read More
at Friday, March 15, 2019

River Museum engages community to help protect amphibians

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host a free public presentation from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 12, highlighting FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The presentation will be hosted in the Journey Theater of the Mississippi River Discovery Center. Advance registration is required and can be completed at rivermuseum.com/frogwatch2019. FrogWatch USA provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities... Read More

Museum & Aquarium Successfully Breeds Endangered Newts

Your browser doesn't support video. Please download the file: video/mp4   The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has successfully bred its Laos Warty Newts ( Paramesotriton laoensis ) for a third time in the institution’s history. This brightly colored amphibian became an almost instant target for collection by commercial traders for the pet trade after initially being described in a 2002 scientific journal. Illegal harvesting and habitat... Read More

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