OREGON FIELD GUIDE goes underwater at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for an extraordinary look at wolf eels as they emerge from eggs and develop into baby hunters. Tune in Thursday, January 5 at 8:30pm and Sunday, January 8 at 1:30am and 6:30pm to learn more about the aquarium’s efforts to incubate wolf eel eggs in captivity. Other features include a visit to the Audubon Society’s Care Center to see what it takes to save over 3,000 injured animals each year, and a “howlingly” funny camp out at one of the Northwest’s finest wildlife parks.
Wolf Eels — A pair of wolf eels have mated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. In the 13 weeks it takes to incubate the resulting egg mass, the female will not eat as she fiercely guards her eggs, while the male guards her. If the eggs are not removed from the main tank before hatching, the tiny hatchlings will be sucked out through the main tank’s filtration system. FIELD GUIDE goes underwater with a diver to remove the egg mass and follows its relocation into a tank simulating the environment in which it’s been incubated, and watches as the wolf eel babies learn to become hunters. The word of the success in breeding wolf eels at the aquarium is spreading and facilities from all over the country are requesting hatchlings.
Audubon Wildlife Center — A sparrow with a broken wing, a sick heron, a duck with a hurt leg — these are just some examples of the injuries that come into the Audubon Wildlife Center each day. From the moment the door opens, staff and volunteers are busy seeing what if anything can be done to save birds and animals with injuries caused by everything from cats to cars, poison to people. Here they receive treatment, feeding and care. Not all survive, but those that do are released back into the wild to the cheers and encouragement from the members of this dedicated team of wildlife lovers.
Northwest Trek — Just a few hours north of Portland is a 700-acre forest filled with grizzlies, caribou and all variety of native northwest wildlife. And twice a year, camping families get to howl with the wolves, feed the bears and fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife at this one-of-a-kind park called Northwest Trek.
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