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TAMPA, Fla., Friday, May 3, 2019– For the second year in a row, The Florida Aquarium has been nationally recognized as one of North America’s best aquariums, taking the number two spot in USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, up from number three last year. 

A panel of experts selected 20 of the best aquariums in North America, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Nominees were selected for providing a fun and educational setting and high-quality exhibits and visitor interactions, as well as playing a vital role in animal conservation by taking part in rescue efforts and advocating for the health of our oceans.

“The Florida Aquarium is a Tampa gem and a cultural and conservation leader in the region. They understand that their best chapter is yet to be written and this honor is proof that exciting things are in store for them and the city they call home,” said City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

More than 800,000 guests visit The Florida Aquarium every year, making it one of Tampa Bay’s most-attended cultural attractions, and a vital economic contributor. The Aquarium welcomes more than 100,000 students each year, saves sea life across the country—primarily focusing on endangered sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation and coral reef restoration—and has partnered with several community and neighborhood organizations. Recently the Aquarium reopened its second largest exhibit, the Heart of the Sea, and its Waves of Wonder gallery. The Aquarium is opening a new jelly touch experience, Moon Bay, in early summer at its downtown Tampa location. 

“Our City and region are second to none and deserve a world-class Aquarium that our community and State can be proud of. To receive this prestigious recognition based on our community’s overwhelming support is both humbling and an honor,” said Roger Germann, President & CEO. “Every day we strive to offer the best experiences for all guests, provide the best care for our animals, educate schoolchildren, save wildlife, and give back to our community. On behalf of The Florida Aquarium, I would like to thank everyone in the Tampa Bay area and across the country for recognizing their favorite Aquarium.”

Located in the Channel District, in the heart of the City’s redevelopment efforts of Water Street Tampa and Sparkman Wharf, The Florida Aquarium has served Tampa Bay residents as a premier non-profit cultural attraction since it opened its doors in 1995. 


The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment, and a vision to protect and restore our blue planet.
Copyright © 2019. The Florida Aquarium. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Partnership Aims to Turn the Tide for Migratory Birds

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Jennifer Howard, Director of Public Relations, American Bird Conservancy, 202-888-7472

(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2017) Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have launched “Science to Action,” a partnership aimed at reversing decades of population declines for migratory birds in the Americas. Bringing together the Cornell Lab’s cutting-edge science and ABC’s on-the-ground approach to bird conservation, this joint effort represents new hope for hundreds of declining species that journey each spring and fall between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ABC and the Cornell Lab are combining their strengths at a critical moment for migratory birds. Landmark conservation measures such as the Endangered Species Act are being targeted for elimination even as environmental threats mount. As the most recent State of North America's Birds report makes starkly clear, fully one-third of our continent's bird species will require concerted conservation efforts to ensure their future.

The ABC-Cornell Lab partnership will focus on how new data and conservation tools can be harnessed to enhance conservation of migratory birds across their breeding and wintering grounds, as well as stopover sites in between.

“The Cornell Lab’s dedicated science team and its depth of citizen-science data make it a perfect fit for informing better conservation decision-making by ABC,” said George Fenwick, President of ABC.

“The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Bird Conservancy share common values and complementary expertise for protecting wild bird populations across the Western Hemisphere,” said John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Cornell Lab. “With so many bird species showing alarming declines, it is more important than ever that the Lab work closely with ABC, combining our scientific focus and citizen-science data with ABC’s effective conservation actions.”

Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Applied Conservation Scientist at the Cornell Lab, is leading the new partnership. “Our two organizations will provide a unified voice for bird conservation, applying the best science on the ground at important natural areas and informing policies that affect the future of bird populations,” he said.

Together the partners will:

  • Leverage data and resources from the Cornell Lab to refine and prioritize ABC’s conservation strategies, including ABC BirdScapes—landscape-scale areas critically important to targeted bird species. Such data are key to answering the “Where and when?” questions that drive ABC’s conservation planning.
  • Identify and develop conservation strategies for key migratory stopovers. Researchers are learning that the success of migration may hinge on just two or three stopovers located strategically along the migration route for each species. One chief goal of the partnership is determining how we can best conserve these stopover sites.
  • Use citizen-science data from eBird to help monitor and evaluate the success of ABC reserves and projects—the “Did it work?” piece of ABC’s conservation efforts.
  • Provide science support for Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, and leadership for conservation alliances such as Partners in Flight and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s State of the Birds reports.

(Photo: ABC and the Cornell Lab will work together to identify and protect habitats that sustain migration for some of North America's most-loved species, including Blackburnian Warbler.)


American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Its hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning bout birds and protecting the planet. The Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization whose mission is supported by friends, members, and more than 400,000 citizen-science participants.


of NORTH AMERICA and the Caribbean

by Scott Weidensaul

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 13, 2015), the newest addition to the trusted Peterson Reference Guide series, is a comprehensive guide to owls in North America. Owls are perhaps the most intriguing of all birds — instantly recognizable and endlessly fascinating, owls have captured the human imagination for millennia, and the Snowy Owl irruption in the winter of 2014 brought with it a new surge of curiosity and enthusiasm for these impressive and mysterious birds.

Seasoned birder and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has been banding owls for many years and in fact banded many of the Snowy Owls in the 2014 irruption. He brings his expertise to the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by providing the most up-to-date information about owls’ natural history, biology, ecology, migration, and conservation status.

The guide is packed with detailed information about identification, calls, habitat, nesting, and behavior, and is also the only North American owl book to include the Caribbean, covering 39 species of owls in total including many little-known tropical species.

Heard more often than seen, many owls are best identified by vocalizations; this is the only owl guide to include access to a collection of recordings. Hundreds of colored photographs accompany entries on each species of owl, including the most accurate color range maps showing breeding, wintering, and migration routes. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean is a definitive work useful for serious birders and ornithologists while equally accessible to the non-expert.

Scott Weidensaul
has written more than two dozen books on natural history, his most recent being Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. He is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, and The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct. He lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.



mulberry, fl — Bird lovers are expected to flock to their Post Offices now that the Postal Service is celebrating North America’s largest swallow by issuing the Purple Martin First-Class Mail Forever Stamped envelope today that sells for 56-cents (45-cents for postage and 11-cents for the envelope). The stamped envelope is now available at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/shop and by phone at 800-782-6724.


“Bird lovers across America will be enamored with this stamped envelope,” said U.S. Postal Service Acting Manager of Post Office Operations John Rhoden in dedicating the stamps at the Mulberry Civic Center.


Joining Rhoden in dedicating the stamped envelope were Mulberry Mayor George Hatch, Mulberry City Manager Dr. Frank Satchel, Jr. and Mulberry Postmaster Carol Shirley.


The stamp art includes a large illustration of a purple martin perching and a smaller illustration showing the bird in flight. Art director William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, designed the stamped envelopes using illustrations by artist Matthew Frey of Annapolis, MD. The Purple Martin Stamped Envelope is being issued as a Forever stamped envelope. Its postage will always be equal to the value of the First-Class Mail one-ounce price in effect anytime in the future.


The pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) Purple Martin (Forever) stamped envelopes are available in the following formats in Post Offices, by visiting www.usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724:

§         #10 regular envelope (Item 231700).

§         #10 window envelope (Item 231800).

§         #9 regular envelope (Item 231900).

§         #9 window envelope (Item 232000).

§         #6¾ regular envelope (Item 270900).

§         #6¾ window envelope (Item 271000).


The Purple Martin (Forever) water activated gum (WAG) stamped envelopes are only available online at www.usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724:

§         #10 regular envelope (Item 210500).

§         #10 window envelope (Item 210600).

§         #9 regular envelope (Item 210700).

§         #9 window envelope (Item 210800).

§         #6¾ regular envelope (Item 265800).

§         #6¾ window envelope (Item 265900).


Other 2012 Stamps

Customers may view the Purple Martin stamped envelope as well as many of this year’s other stamps on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.


How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase the new cards at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should address the cards to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:


Purple Martin Stamped Envelope
2000 Mulford Road
Mulberry, FL 33860-9998


After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by March 23, 2012.


How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. First-Day covers are also available at www.usps.com/shop and at 800-STAMP-24. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:


Information Fulfillment

Dept. 6270

U.S. Postal Service

P.O. Box 219014

Kansas City, MO 64121-9014


Philatelic Product

There are 13 philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

§         210561, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #10 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210661, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #10 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210761, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #9 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         210861, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #9 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         265861, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #6¾ Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         265961, Purple Martin WAG (Forever) #6¾ Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231761, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #10 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231861, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #10 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231961, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #9 Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         232061, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #9 Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         270961, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #6¾ Regular First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         271061, Purple Martin PSA (Forever) #6¾ Window First-Day Cover, $0.68.

§         231794, Purple Martin Stamped PSA Envelopes (10 pack) w/seals, $7.95.


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