Love is in the Air…
January 18, 2012
Love is in the air—and under the sea—this winter, as the Academy gears up for the opening of a new aquarium gallery titled Animal Attraction on February 11, 2012. From January 17 – February 8, 2012 enjoy special programs with a “birds and the bees” theme that will set the mood in anticipation of the new gallery opening.
January 17 – February 8, 2012
New! POLLINATION PARTNERS: BEES AND FLOWERS
Daily at 1:00 pm
Pollinators like bees are a crucial link in ecosystems and agriculture around the world, allowing flowering plants to reproduce year after year. Bees, who depend on these plants for nectar, communicate the locations of flowers to each other with dances. In this fun, interactive program, discover how these pollination partners help one another, and perform a bee-dance of your very own.
New! SNAKES IN SPRINGTIME
Daily at 12:30 pm
How and when do limbless snakes find “love”? When springtime arrives, it signals the beginning of the reproductive cycle for snakes and many other animals. Learn how they charm one another, who nests and who doesn’t, and find out which species lay eggs and which give birth to live young.
PENGUIN FEEDINGS: BIRDS & BEES EDITION
Daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm
The Academy’s African penguins live in a fascinating social colony. These relationships—who is mating with whom, arranged marriages, and family squabbles—are always especially apparent during meal time. Watch the birds dip and dive as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin.
CORAL REEF DIVES: BIRDS & BEES EDITION
Daily at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will discuss love on the reef—from fish and coral spawning to captive breeding programs.
SOUNDS OF THE SWAMP: BIRDS & BEES EDITION
Friday – Monday at 1:30 pm
Alligators use some surprising methods to entice a mate and then successfully rear young. Meet Claude the albino alligator, and learn about love in the swamp.
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST – AGES 10+
Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 pm
Meet Academy scientists who study the reproductive strategies of plants and animals all around the globe.