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Education activities review: September 12 – 16

September 16, 2011

Community monitoring program

Mid- September is one of three times during the year that we check the settling plates in the Seldovia and Homer harbors, monitoring for invasive tunicates. Jess joined Catie in Seldovia for this week’s investigation –

KBRR/SERC settling plate with tunicates, red algae, a nudibranch, bryozoans, and hydroids growing on it (9/15/11)

seasonal growth was scraped off each plate, and new plates were then redeployed to remain in the water until March 15th. No invasives were seen. This project is carried out in partnership with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

A new addition this week to our past monitoring routine was the hanging of a new piece of equipment – a “conductivity logger” – inside of each harbor. These cigar-sized instruments will log the temperature and salinity of the harbor water every 15 minutes from now until mid-March, when Catie retrieves them and downloads all their data into our data system. It will be interesting to see if these loggers provide different measurements than the very sophisticated SWMP equipment we have on the ferry docks outside of the harbors.

Upcoming teacher workshop

We will be co-sponsoring a unique and informative workshop for classroom educators – Natural Teacher Workshop – on Thursday, September 29th from 4 – 6 pm at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies on Smoky Bay Way. All classroom teachers are invited to join three of Homer’s most experienced classroom Natural Teachers – Carole Demers, Kim Fine, Sheryl Sotelo – for a an interactive panel discussion focused on student learning opportunities in the outdoors. Participants will hear success stories about outdoor classroom learning and gather tips for taking field trips with students, how to work with school district administrators, identify nearby nature locations for student learning, and more. There is no cost or registration for this Take A Child Outside Week workshop, and chocolate will be provided. If you know any local teachers, please share this information with them.

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