Month: May 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dear Friend: We began the summer season this past weekend celebrating Memorial Day.  This is a special opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our nation. Mystic Aquarium and the region are home to many military families.  On behalf of our community, I extend deep appreciation for the sacrifices that you make in service to our nation. For those who have lost loved ones in service to our nation, we will... MORE »

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear Friend: Endangered Species Day Thursday of this week marked the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day. Led by Director of Education and Conservation MaryEllen Mateleska, Mystic Aquarium highlighted various threatened and endangered species that call our facility home, including sharks, sea turtles and African Penguins.  We also called attention to the plight of the vaquita, an animal that I discussed in a previous entry.... MORE »

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (May 11, 2017): The animals at Mystic Aquarium receive world-class care each and every day including behavioral enrichment and regular medical exams. With daily and individualized interactions, even the slightest change is detected by the animal care professionals. So, when the team began to notice an intermittent ear discharge from Bristol, a four year old harbor seal, the team immediately jumped into action. Once a patient in the... MORE »

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Friend: CONSTRUCTION PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2017!!! I am deeply grateful to announce that this morning Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy called and informed me that the State of Connecticut has committed $5 million towards the construction of the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center.  This monumental grant allows us to proceed with the $8 million project, as we have already raised $3 million from other sources. The... MORE »

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (May 10, 2017): On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Dr. Tracy Romano will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Saint Michael’s in Colchester, Vt., as part of the 2017 commencement ceremony. Romano, who received an undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s in 1986, is chief scientist and vice president of biological research at Mystic Aquarium. “I am truly privileged and blessed to have had a well-rounded liberal arts... MORE »

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (May 8, 2017): Something weird and wonderful will happen at Mystic Aquarium this Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning Friday, May 26, 2017, guests will be invited take a walk on the weird side of our watery world with Weird & Wonderful. This exciting new exhibit showcases some of nature’s most bizarre and fascinating creatures. Spanning more than 1,000 square feet and featuring several new exhibits and animals, guests will... MORE »

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (May 9, 2017): For the last several nights, Mystic Aquarium and their Citizen Scientists have scouted the area of Bluff Point State Park in Groton in search of horseshoe crabs. This is part of the annual monitoring of the species that is proving to be beneficial to state agencies, conservationists and scientists. During May and June, thousands of horseshoe crabs gather on gently sloping beaches to reproduce and lay eggs in the... MORE »

Friday, May 5, 2017

Building;     Weird & Wonderful;    Tourism     Dear Friend: Building Approval This week we received approval from the Town of Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission to construct the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center. I was pleased to be able to address the Commission. In my comments I introduced them to our Leadership Team who were all in attendance, to our Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano,... MORE »