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Education activities review: May 2 – 6

May 8, 2011

Student education programs

Catie and Carmen were in Seldovia this week for a day of Marine Mammals of Alaska Discovery Lab programs. 40 kindergarten – 12th grade students participated in hour-long sessions, learning about sea otters, seals, and whales of Alaska. A public lab after school drew a few families with young children.

On Tuesday Jess and Carmen joined ADF&G Sport Fish staff at the annual Salmon Celebration on the shores of Johnson Lake. They brought live marine plankton samples to share with students in the Mobile Aquatic Classroom (MAC) and helped other MAC staff educate hundreds of elementary kids about salmon food in freshwater and marine environments. 900 elementary students attended this event.

Public education programs

On Wednesday we hosted, in partnership with staff from the AK Maritime NWR and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and community volunteers, a Coastal Birds of Alaska & Junior Birder Discovery Lab for the public. 75 people attended the lab, with 21 kids completing the requirements provided by this lab toward earning their Jr. Birder Badge.

Carmen presented Alaska’s Amazing Seabirds to 100 people yesterday as part of Shorebird Festival activities. The festival began yesterday and runs through Sunday – visit the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival webpage for festival events and info. KBRR staff will be hosting a booth highlighting our research projects, upcoming fishing events, and more at tomorrow’s Shorebird Festival Arts & Education Fair at Homer High School. We’ll also co-host the annual Birders’ Coffee at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center on Sunday morning.

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