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Education activities review: October 25 – 29

October 29, 2010

Community monitoring

Catie and Angie attended the Alaska Invasive Species Conference in Fairbanks this week. A working group of agencies and organizations who are specifically interested in marine invasive species is among conference attendees; this group, which Catie belongs to, meets with a monthly phone call throughout the year to network and discuss new invasions and strategies. Look for a brief report on the conference next week.

Pre-K to 12th education

We provided an Estuary Hike and a Careers in Marine Science program for a small IDEA homeschool group this week. Only 2 families (with 5 students in 1st, 6th, and 7th grades) wound up joining us (from Sterling and Kenai), though more had originally booked for these with the IDEA coordinator. While some homeschool families do attend our monthly public Discovery Labs, very low attendance at other scheduled homeschool EE programs this year seem to indicate a lack of interest in or need for special group EE programming for local homeschool families.

Public education programs

We invite you to join us for next week’s public There Are Salmon in the Hills Discovery Lab on Wednesday, November 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. This lab and subsequent EE programs for students next month will focus on what salmon require of our local watersheds. You may have young salmon in your back yard!

And a few days later, on Saturday, November 6th from 11:00am – 12:30pm,  you are invited to join Catie and Ryjil Christianson from the Pratt Museum for Homer: A Creek Runs Through It – a guided watershed hike along Woodard Creek. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Meet at the Homer Chamber of Commerce parking lot.

Special projects

Carmen, Ori, and Angie met this week with AK Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) staff to develop a plan for an upcoming collaborative seabird diet analysis project. In 2011 Carmen will be helping to

  1. develop a lab manual for handling and identifying seabird prey species at Islands & Ocean,
  2. develop a reference collection of Alaska seabird prey species, and
  3. analyze planktivore seabird diet samples collected by AMNWR biologists.

Ori and Angie will be involved in these activities, too, as well as database management.

Angie and Jessica have been selected to participate in a National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) climate change working group. This 18-member, system-wide team has been tasked with developing a new climate change initiative for NERRS. The team will meet via teleconference once or twice each week for the next 2 months to come up with strategies, both short-term and long-term, to help coastal communities understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change and the coastal hazards associated with climate change.

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