Watch our Aviary Cam carefully—you never know who'll stroll by.
Look for leg bands on our birds, which help us identify them in our Aviary. Each bird has its own history—most came here injured and can't live in the wild.
The red phalorope, unlike other shorebirds, is not a talented diver. Instead, this feathered friend has devised a unique strategy for feeding. When it gets hungry, it will swim in tight circles to make a plankton-packed whirlpool. Now that's creative snacking!
Our aviculturist Nikki Odorisio works to make sure each day is interesting and fun for our rescued Laysan albatrosses, Makana and Alika. Both birds sustained injuries as chicks and, despite rehabilitation efforts, were never able to fly. To give them the sensation of travel, Nikki takes them on trips through the Aquarium, where they inspire our guests to make small changes—like skipping the straw at restaurants—that can make a big difference for the survival of the species in the wild.
Want a preview of our Aviary and other exhibits? Now you can get one with Google Maps Street View. With just a few clicks you can go on a virtual Aquarium visit and stroll inside through our exhibit galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.
The Aquarium works hard to make a difference in the threatened western snowy plover population. As one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, we rescue injured adults, injured chicks and abandoned eggs.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.