Sustainability & Snow

Last week I attended the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual directors meeting, where we focused on sustainability of our collections—in short, what steps we must take to ensure that zoo collections remain strong and healthy well into the future.

On a related note, bird experts from a dozen AZA institutions gathered at Lincoln Park Zoo recently to create a sustainability plan for our avian collections. This group is creating assessment tools to determine the state of our feathered species and developing a plan to implement changes to aid avian sustainability. Their work will be unveiled at the AZA annual conference this fall, where we will discuss expanding these efforts to non-feathered species as well.
It snowed today, which means it's a great time to visit the snowy owl at Regenstein Birds of Prey. You should be able to spot him perched near the back of the exhibit, blending in with the white flakes around him.
In the coming weeks I’ll be focusing on Lincoln Park Zoo’s budget, including plans for potential construction projects, improvements to existing facilities and funding scientific initiatives.
As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Kevin Bell



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