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Education activities review: November 1 – 18

November 18, 2011

Pre-K to 12th grade coastal science education

November has been salmon science month at KBRR! Over the past 2 weeks we have had 8 EE programs scheduled with 166 students– Jammin’ Salmon Discovery Labs – with pre-school through high school students from Homer and Kenai. Students learned about the salmon life cycle, salmon anatomy through a dissection, and a hands-on look at the freshwater invertebrates that juvenile salmon eat.

Education volunteer Carole Demers – one of our Education Committee members and a 30-year teacher just recently retired – was an outstanding addition to our team this month teaching kids of all ages about salmon anatomy and adaptations. Thank you so much, Carole!

Public science education – Salmon in November!

Our November 2nd public Jammin’ Salmon Discovery Lab drew 40 visitors who learned about salmon anatomy, habitat and life requirements, KBRR salmon research efforts, Pacific salmon identification and more.

Last month Catie invited David Montgomery, author of the book King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, to come and speak about the history of salmon. And on November 10th, Dr. Montgomery gave a brown bag talk – The History of Salmon – for 60 people and a repeat of this presentation in the evening to a crowd of 120 in the Islands and Ocean auditorium. Read more about David Montgomery’s visit in this week’s Homer Tribune.

This week we offered a Canning the Catch workshop to a small but interested group of 6, lead by Linda Tannehill from the Cooperative Extension in Soldotna.

We also hosted a public brown bag presentation yesterday by Homer cetologist Olga Von Ziegesar, researcher for the nonprofit Eye of the Whale. Olga provided findings from 30 years of humpback whale research in Prince William Sound, with an emphasis on unlocking the social structure of these elusive animals.

And a November 3rd collaborative event highlighting research and conservation efforts on the Anchor River drew about 30 attendees.

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