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Education activities review: July 16 – 29

July 30, 2011

Public education programs

Over the past 2 weeks our Discovery Labs have attracted 638 visitors. Folks have greatly enjoyed these labs focusing on halibut, ocean research, our Science Collaborative project and local salt marsh ecology.

We invite you to join us next for the summer’s last series of Discovery Labs – Kachemak Bay Fish & Fishing – on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, August 3 – 6. On Saturday, August 6th, ADF&G’s Mobile Aquatic Classroom (aka the FishMobile) will be at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon as part of the Kids Fishing Day celebration.

Ericka and Curtis led Estuary Hikes over the past two weeks for 57 visitors. Jess led a group of 25 Elderhostel participants from the M/S Amsterdam on an Estuary Hike on July 16th.

22 visitors joined Carmen or Jess for Beach Walks over the past couple weeks. Next week will be our last Beach Walk of the summer.

Science collaborative project

The community monitoring aspect of our Science Collaborative project ramped into high gear this week with 3 Discovery Labs focused on the project and 2 evening trainings provided by Research Reserve staff to people who have signed on to help monitor Beluga Slough and China Poot Bay marshes with us next month. Biologist Kenny Daher joined our Science Collaborative team this month as an intern from the University of New Hampshire and has been enthusiastically involved in many aspects of the project.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, 16 local citizens, ranging in age from 12 – seniors, attended our community monitor training. Instructors included Angie, Jess, Conrad Field (Science Collaborative botanist), Kenny, Megan, and Carmen. Volunteers learned about the goals of the project, what to expect as monitoring team members, how to use the monitoring data sheets, saltmarsh plant identification, saltmarsh wildlife identification, methods for capturing insects and infaunal invertebrates, and saltmarsh safety procedures. The 2-day training wound up with a hands-on session out in Beluga Slough practicing the data recording and identification skills learned. Everyone is very excited about the upcoming field work!

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