President’s Blog: July 11, 2017
President's Blog

President’s Blog: July 11, 2017

Dear Friend: At a lecture at the Ferguson Public Library…

Dear Friend:

At a lecture at the Ferguson Public Library in Stamford, Connecticut, I described zoos and aquariums as “loud places, often melting pots of generations, cultures, languages and learning styles”.  It was evident last week that Mystic Aquarium was all that and more.

Juno Joins the Band

We were thrilled to welcome the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps to Mystic Aquarium.  These young people are incredibly dedicated musicians from all across the nation.  I had the privilege of sitting down for lunch with a small group of them.

It was a joy to hear their music throughout the day.  Juno, one of our resident beluga whales obviously enjoyed the music as well.  Take a look:

https://youtu.be/RwInKMrQJCo

Beluga with Brass Ensemble
Juno with Brass Ensemble

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Young Professional Networking at Mystic Aquarium

YP at MA
YP at MA

On Tuesday, June 27th, Mystic Aquarium hosted a Young Professionals Networking Night.  Over 260 guests attended to mingle and learn more about the Aquarium’s mission. Partnering organizations for the event were CT Young Professionals, Young Professionals of Eastern CT, and Ocean Community Young Professionals Network.  Special thanks to Director of Development Hannah Stewart and to members of our Development staff, Lydia Shell and Marie DeNoia for organizing this event.

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Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Mystic Aquarium

ONeill at MA
O’Neill and MA Staff and Cast

Recently we welcomed President of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Preston Whiteway, and renowned creator and director Lee Overtree during a VIP reception for Mystic Aquarium and O’Neill Theater Center members. Guests were invited to enjoy the new Foxwoods Marine Theater show, which was written and directed by Mr. Overtree. We are honored to partner with the O’Neill; their work in writing, producing and directing the first of many shows for our theater has resulted in an outstanding production that is on mission and, to borrow a phrase, Must See Sea Lion TV.

Sea Lion TV
Sea Lion TV

Preston even made a cameo appearance in the new show, participating in our new Marine Theater Encounter “Guest Star” program.

Guest Star Encounter
Preston Whiteway was the Guest Star

Click this link for more information on this newest program. http://ramp.mysticaquarium.org/auxiliary/PSDetail.aspx?psn=3415

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Dr. Romano on Research Expedition in Alaska

Dr. Tracy Romano is completing her annual research expedition to Barrow, Alaska, studying the migration of Beluga Whales in the Arctic.  Her primary science role is to take blood and tissue samples from this cohort of animals.  Her long-term study involves examination of stress levels in wild Belugas using Belugas under human care as a control group.

Her research is key to understanding how rapid change and development in the Arctic are impacting the whales.  Belugas are sentinels of the sea, and their health and well-being provide considerable insight into the overall health of the ecosystem in the Arctic.

Dr. Romano has been travelling to the far north region of Alaska for well over a decade.  She has developed a trusting relationship with the native people and communities in the region.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. George M. Milne, Jr. was with Dr. Romano last week to observe the expedition first hand.  He was welcomed at the “airport” by the local “taxi” with Dr. Romano riding shotgun.

Alaskan Car Service
Alaskan Car Service

 

See  you all soon!

Steve

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