BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New England Aquarium is marking 'Endangered Species Day' with events to raise awareness about the threats to wildlife and conservation efforts.
Taylor Engelsman, a spokesperson for the aquarium, said this year's events are taking place both virtually and in-person.
That includes events on social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter -- along with an in-person scavenger hunt for the visitors to find out ways they can help make a change.
"[Through Sunday] there will be signs all around the building highlighting several endangered and threatened species that are in our care," Engelsman said.
Some of the species the aquarium is highlighting this year are native to New England -- like the Common Tern, a black and white shore bird that is typically found on the coastlines, and the Atlantic Salmon.
"Any Atlantic Salmon that you find on the marketplace is actually free raised salmon, because they're only found in 8 rivers in Maine," Engelsman said. "Where they used to stand from New York all the way up through Canada."
Engelsman said the efforts to protect various species is also important in the political world as well.
"One of the causes that are near and dear to our hearts at the New England Aquarium right now is the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts," she said. "This a large marine protected area that got rolled back under the previous administration -- and we are hoping that the Biden Administration will re-establish those protections."
To buy tickets to visit the New England Aquarium, you can check out the center's website. The facility is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Written by Rachel Armany
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