We have tons to be thankful for this year...From safely making it through Hurricane Sandy, to the many dedicated staff and volunteers who care for our animals and guests every day, and the millions of visitors who make connections with the aquatic world each year.
We are incredibly grateful to our members and the many donors who have helped us continue to achieve our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, and the excitement coming in 2013 with the opening of Blacktip Reef. We thank everyone who has made a personal commitment to conserve and protect our blue planet, and for the essential and critical work being done by our conservation team and the volunteers that support them.
In the spirit of the holiday, we asked some of our staff in Washington, DC and Baltimore what they are giving thanks for this year:
Liz on-set with one of our budding TV stars!
Liz Evans, Manager of Animal Training
"I am thankful to be able to look out my office window and see waterfowl enjoying the floating wetlands. I am also thankful to be a new homeowner and looking forward to BayScaping my new yard with native plants!"
Brian Weiner, Email, Online Media & Web Development Specialist
"This year I am thankful for my health, wealth, friends, and family. I am also very thankful for my Grandmother's homemade stuffing. It has changed my life."
Emma held onto a baby gator during a taping with NBC Universal
Emma Connor, Marketing Manager for National Aquarium, Washington, DC
"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to learn about and interact with animals on a regular basis. I think it's safe to say that not many marketing gigs have that added perk! While I really marketing all of the wonderful and unique species that live at our Washington, DC, venue, it can also be a welcome change to spend some quality time with a critter after talking budget and attendance all day!"
Beth Scnheble, Aquarist
"I am extremely thankful to work with such amazing and fascinating animals that inspire me not only to work harder to provide them the best care I can, but also spread the word to our guests about their conservation and how important it is to ensure we as a society are doing what we can to preserve these incredible creatures for generations to come."
Andrew Pulver, Animal Care Center and Marine Operations Manager
"Healthy animals and fabulous co-workers!"
Deb hanging out with one of our golden lion tamarins.
Debra Dial, Senior Aviculturist
"I am thankful to enjoy warm, flower-blooming, shorts-wearing, rain forest weather year-round! I am also grateful for this year’s bird hatchings and the knowledge that we have gained from each."
Scott Barr, Consignment Sales Coordinator
"This year, I am thankful for the National Aquarium’s conservation paid time off! It’s great to be part of an organization leading the conservation charge by spreading the message and actually taking
Scott used his conservation day to help rehab at Indian Head!
action. As a lifelong Maryland resident, I know the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and the need to improve its health. It’s rewarding to work within an organization that does more than just talk about the problems; spending a day outside planting bay grasses or repairing sand dunes is just plain fun, and the value to the bay makes it a worthwhile endeavor - getting paid while doing it is a windfall!"
John Seyjaget, Curator of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes
"We are thankful for baby ackies, star finches and gouldian finches hatched this year!!! And of course our knob tailed geckos!"
Jenny Hamilton, Chair of Internal Conservation Committee
"I am thankful for my husband, my family, and my friends more than anything; they are my true source of joy. I am thankful for my coworkers; they are really, really good big-hearted people who relentlessly try to inspire others to care about the greater good. I am thankful for cranberry bread and changing leaves and walks with my dog.
And, for this kid:
I’m thankful there are other recycling weirdos out there. Together, we will keep our world clean! Polluters Beware!
Again, from our family—scaly, finned, furry, and feathered—to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!