Hitchcock Animal Care

Animal Care Blog – Background and Purpose

By Patrick O’Roark

I’d like to take a moment to step back and take a broad view of the Hitchcock Animal Care blog. The original impetus for writing it was that I was setting up our native species freshwater aquarium, which was a lengthy and very visible process. I was getting a lot of questions from both staff and the public who were curious as to how it was coming along and when they could expect to see fish in it. I wanted to be able to give a thorough response that could easily reach a lot of people. A blog that I could refer people to seemed like a great solution.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Hitchcock Animal Care on June 15, 2017.

Cycling the Painted Turtle Aquarium

By Patrick o’Roark

Recently we unexpectedly received two painted turtles at the Hitchcock Center. They were surrendered to us by someone that couldn’t give them the care they needed anymore. I’m not entirely sure if they were captive bred or taken from the wild, but based on their behavior it is clear that they’ve been pets for a good portion of their life.

Published in Blog, Hitchcock Animal Care on April 5, 2017.

The Common Shiner

Currently the only fish in the Hitchcock Center aquarium are Common Shiners, Luxilus cornutus. I purchased them from a local bait shop so that the aquarium would have an initial source of ammonia to kick start the cycling process. When spring arrives and fish in the Mill and Fort Rivers become more active it will be […]

Published in Hitchcock Animal Care on December 29, 2016.

Cycling the Aquarium

It’s finally happening. After nearly three months of research, equipment purchases, and emails back and forth with experts the Hitchcock aquarium is fully operational. This has been an exciting project to work on, with multiple and varied topics and subtopics for me to become familiar with. My hope with this blog is to share what […]

Published in Hitchcock Animal Care on December 26, 2016.

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