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Education activities review: October 3 – 7

October 7, 2011

We’ve been busy preparing for November’s public events – Jammin’ Salmon Discovery Lab (Nov. 2nd) and The History of Salmon presentation by MacArthur Fellow and author of The King of Fish David Montgomery (Nov. 10th), as well as student programming. Teachers have been sent pre-visit materials, flyers and other outreach materials have been created, and details are being hammered out. It’ll be great to get back in the lab classroom again!

Today our education staff are participating in the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance‘s (KBEEA’s) semi-annual meeting. And tomorrow we’ll be chairing the semi-annual Nature Rocks Homer gathering. Please join us if you can for tomorrow’s community conversation about ways to get kids outdoors in Homer – from 9am – 12pm here at Islands & Ocean. Everyone’s welcome!

Marine life of Kachemak Bay

A Homer 8th grader – Hale Wilkinson – brought in 2 snail shells he’d found last month on the Homer Spit, wondering what they were but knowing he’d never seen them before. Both shells turned out to be from a species with no previous record of observation or collection in Kachemak Bay – Greenland Wentletrap (Boreoscala greenlandica). These anemone-eating carnivores live offshore in subtidal habitats and are rarely seen by people anywhere. So a big thanks to Hale for sharing his find and adding to our knowledge of nearshore life in the Bay!

Greenland Wentletraps found by Hale Wilkinson

Hale Wilkinson & his beach discoveries

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