Month: February 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Friend: This past week we held a "Town Meeting" and discussed three areas of organizational focus for 2017; (a) our 2017 operational goals (b) the Integrated Facilities Plan, and (c) ongoing efforts to promote diversity within our community, reflective of the larger population that we serve. Our goals for 2017 as approved by the Board of Trustees are: Increase attendance, membership and related revenue by 2% over budget... MORE »


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Earlier this week, Mystic Aquarium was recognized by the Business Council of Fairfield County as a gold winner for its successful efforts in promoting a healthy workplace. On February 14, Kateri Wheeler, SPHR, Senior Director, Human Resources, accepted the award on behalf of Mystic Aquarium during the Healthy Workplaces Best Practices Award Ceremony held at the Stamford Marriott Hotel. Healthy Workplace winners were celebrated for their... MORE »

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

As part of her PhD dissertation, Dr. Laura Thompson, under the direction of Dr. Tracy Romano, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Biological Research at Mystic Aquarium developed a method to collect samples of respiratory vapor, or “blow,” from belugas. Over the past several years, Dr. Thompson has used blow sampling to measure changes in cortisol both in animals at Mystic Aquarium as well as in the field. Today Mystic Aquarium and... MORE »

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2016 Dear Friend: Around this time of year I feel a bit like the operator of a pizza shop with the sign in the window, “You’ve tried the rest, now try the best.” The Day newspaper has just announced that Mystic Aquarium has been nominated for 2017 Best Area Attraction.  We are very proud of this nomination and also very proud to announce that our own catering company, Ocean Blue Catering, has been nominated for 2017... MORE »

Grey Seal Blog – Courtney Gill

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 1: I can’t help but feel nervous as I travel to the boat docks in Chatham, MA, the first stop on my way to Monomoy Wildlife Refuge for a field study on gray seals (NOAA permit #17670-03). As a California sea lion trainer in the Foxwoods Marine Theater, I have never participated in anything like this. Thanks to the staff and volunteers of our Animal Rescue Clinic, I had practiced restraining techniques in preparation. I was excited for... MORE »

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dear Friend: The other day brought a serious ethical dilemma. One of my sons plays on a basketball team within the Stonington Community Center, affectionately known as “The COMO”. Mystic Aquarium is very supportive of COMO as an important community resource. They do so much good work beyond sports, including after school youth programs and many charitable endeavors. So apparently The COMO named a basketball team in honor of... MORE »

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (February 13, 2017): According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, by this time 41.6% of people have jettisoned their New Year’s resolutions. Just this week, Mystic Aquarium cast asea a Resolution as well.  Resolution the Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtle that is! The species is named after Richard M. Kemp, a fisherman from Key West, FL, who first submitted the species for identification in 1906. This... MORE »