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Category: Conservation

Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration

April 2020 marks the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, mankind’s largest environmental movement to positively impact the planet. In honor of this major milestone, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is working with conservation partners to educate, energize, and mobilize citizens through community-based conservation engagement activities each Saturday during April. A full schedule of activities for the month is as follows: April 4 - Earth Day Action at the Mathias Ham... Read More
at Monday, March 2, 2020

River Museum joins Aquarium Conservation Partnership

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has joined the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), a first-of-its-kind collaboration of aquariums formed to increase collective impact on ocean and freshwater conservation. The River Museum becomes the 23 rd nationally recognized partner to join the ACP, which includes select Association of Zoos and Aquarium partners such as the Shedd Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Florida Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly... Read More
at Monday, February 17, 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

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s outreach program set to take flight

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded $16,977 in grant funding from the REAP CEP. The Resource Enhancement & Protection (REAP) – Conservation Education Program (CEP) funding will support the River Museum’s Live Animal Outreach Expansion project. This project will focus on acquiring, training, and introducing two raptors to the River Museum’s animal ambassador program in an effort to expand live animal outreach programming that will convey... Read More
at Monday, December 9, 2019

Unexpected opportunity to care for orphaned animal

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received an unexpected opportunity this July to become the new home of a 15-month-old orphaned North American River Otter. “Our keepers are all very excited about the new addition to the animals in our care,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “River otters remain rare in rehab settings, so this is a unique opportunity to bring another otter into our facility that would not do well in the wild.” The... Read More
at Monday, August 5, 2019

Taste of Dubuque scheduled for Aug. 1

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s tastiest event, Taste of Dubuque , returns to the Port of Dubuque on Thursday, Aug. 1 with American Country Music Artist Eric Chesser headlining the event. Taste of Dubuque will run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Port of Dubuque, outside the River Museum. Parking is available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp. Attendees to Taste of Dubuque will enjoy live music and great food from local vendors. Low-cost,... Read More
at Monday, June 24, 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

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