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Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort


Shedd-Aquariums-Animal-Response-Team-Joins-International-Dolphin-Rescue-Effort-2019Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium traveled nearly 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. The dolphins, known in Bolivia as bufeos, were isolated in the lake surrounded by dense forest and expansive soybean fields, and had become cut off from the main river over the past several years due to run-off from environmental changes in the area.

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South Shore Line expands Kids Ride Free Program to create affordable spring break play-cation


South-Shore-Line-expands-Kids-Ride-Free-Program-to-create-affordable-spring-break-play-cationWith spring break right around the corner, the South Shore Line (SSL) is expanding its Kids Ride Free program from March 23 – April 6, 2019. SSL has selected this promotional time frame to cover an average portion of scheduled spring breaks across the four- county area.

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Rittenhouse Village at Portage dish out Irish favorites at Corned Beef and Cabbage event

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The savory smells of a home-cooked, traditional Irish meal and the sounds of Irish folk music greeted guests at the Rittenhouse Village at Portage, which played host to its community for an afternoon of St. Patty’s Day celebration.

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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity


Shedd-Expands-Conservation-Research-Team-to-Preserve-Freshwater-Marine-BiodiversityThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. The biologists – Dr. Austin Happel, Dr. Kentaro Inoue, and Dr. Lynn Waterhouse – are set to study aquatic wildlife in urban settings, freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes region and fishes in The Bahamas, respectively. With the continued expansion of the Haerther Center, Shedd aims to study and protect more aquatic animals and their ecosystems.

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Duneland Club Offers Kidstop during Spring Break


Duneland-Club-Offers-Kidstop-during-Spring-Break-2019Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club is offering our Kidstop program for parents/guardians who need childcare support during Spring Break. Kidstop will be offered from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. The cost is $110 for the week; $90 for a second child; or $26 per day; $22 per day for a second child. All youth participating in Kidstop during Spring Break will receive breakfast, an a.m and p.m. snack, and lunch.

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With tails wagging, therapy dogs come to Franciscan Health Munster


Franciscan-Health-Munster-Pet-Blessing-2019_01 With a prayer and a blessing for a half-dozen dogs and their handlers, Franciscan Health Munster welcomed the pet therapy program to its hospital on Feb. 15.

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Research Study Says Regulatory Changes Needed to Ensure Sustainable Fishing of Queen Conch in The Bahamas


Shedd-Sustainable-Fishing-of-Queen-Conch-in-The-BahamasQueen 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.

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Duneland Boys & Girls Club to Offer Kidstop Program Over President’s Day Holiday


Boys-and-Girls-Clubs-of-Greater-Northwest-IndianaWhen 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.

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Shedd Aquarium Animal Training and Enrichment


Shedd-Aquarium-Animal-Training-and-Enrichment-2019The 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.

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Two Special Births Mark the Transition to New Michigan City Hospital


Two-Special-Births-Mark-the-Transition-to-New-Michigan-City-Hospital_01 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.

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Shedd Aquarium Announces Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days/Evenings and Closure Dates


Shedd-Aquarium-logoChicago 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.

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