Category: President’s Blog

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dear Friend: ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ANNUAL CONFERENCE Last week the Association of Zoos and Aquariums held its annual conference in Indianapolis.  Those attending from Mystic Aquarium, in addition to me, included Katie Cubina, Andy Wood, Larry Rivarde, Allison Tuttle, Laurie Macha, Nate Fague, Laura Batt, Gayle Sirpenski, Roz Gilhuly , Dale Wolbrink and Tracy Romano. Mystic Aquarium plays an active role in the leadership of... MORE »

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dear Friend: As I write this we are all bracing for Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts go out to those who are being impacted now. Mystic Aquarium has its own emergency preparedness plan which is being activated. We will keep our community closely apprised of any information that is available. We are still collecting donations for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which will provide support for our colleagues and... MORE »

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dear Friend: As I write this our thoughts and prayers are with the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.  I know that many members of our community have relatives and or friends in the areas impacted which is a tremendous worry.  Be assured of our support.   Annual Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Last Friday evening we celebrated our annual Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Night.  Approximately 400 people... MORE »

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dear Friend: Georgia Aquarium and Tennessee Aquarium Last week I was in Atlanta to visit with the CEO of Georgia Aquarium, Mike Levin.  Our organizations are both cetacean holding institutions and this was my first opportunity to meet with Mike who became Chairman and CEO approximately one year ago, after a productive career in hospitality, including Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Georgia Aquarium We... MORE »

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dear Friend:   Women in Science Wednesday August 16th features our 3rd Annual Women in Science Day. Funded by The Petit Family Foundation, this day provides the opportunity to meet and talk with Mystic Aquarium’s own women scientists, researchers and animal care professionals, as well as women from local community science organizations. Covering numerous fields of science, these women share information and host hands-on activities... MORE »

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dear Friend:   Seals on the Rocks Each year Mystic Aquarium rescues and rehabilitates approximately 100 marine mammals.  Most are seals, but we also work with whales and dolphins - and the occasional sea turtle - when they strand on land or run into trouble in the ocean.  Last year, as many of you may recall, we took care of a manatee that was rescued off the coast of Chatham. The animal rescue and rehabilitation program, led... MORE »

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dear Friend:   Trustee Terry Garcia: Experienced Ocean Leadership Mystic Aquarium has a remarkable Board of Trustees. Trustee Terry Garcia is an international expert on oceans.  An attorney by training, Trustee Garcia was appointed by President Clinton and served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Trustee Terry... MORE »

Monday, July 10, 2017

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... MORE »

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dear Friend: Mystic Aquarium is widely recognized for our leadership in conservation initiatives.  Sometimes I am asked if our primary focus is global or regional.  Our strategic plan “One Ocean, One Mission” contemplated this issue and reaffirmed the importance of our national education initiatives such as the Youth Conservation Mentoring program operating in Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the nation, and our global research in South... MORE »

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dear Friend: Since its founding, Mystic Aquarium has had an abiding commitment to scientific research as a core competency of the organization. Today, Mystic Aquarium has a renowned staff of research scientists, led by Vice President for Research and Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano.  We operate research laboratories on the Mystic Aquarium campus and at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus. Additionally, we are very proud... MORE »