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Education activities review: December 27 – January 5

January 6, 2012

Community monitoring program

Rapid Response Kits for invasive European Green Crab have been created by and shipped from the Research Reserve! The ADF&G Invasive European Green Crab (EGC) Response Plan recommends a very rapid trapping effort as soon as any invasive European green crab are found and then correctly identified by a state biologist. Catie has been working with the state invasives coordinator, Tammy Davis, to construct rapid response kits that include everything needed to begin eradication immediately.

It is well documented that when eradicating an invasive species, faster responses result in less expense and more successful outcomes. With this in mind, these portable kits have all the equipment needed to launch an aggressive trapping effort in the event invasive crabs are detected in waters of Alaska. Regardless of where a crab or crabs may be first detected, these kits – each housed in a large plastic fish tote the size of a shipping pallet – can easily be shipped and stored outdoors.

 

One of these rapid response kits now lives at our Bay Avenue lab in Homer. And thanks to help from Kim Cooney in our office, others are now enroute to sites in Ketchikan and Juneau.

Public education programming

Catie will team up with Homer illustrator Lee Post to offer two Drawing Nature workshops at the Reserve this month – one 6-hour/3-day workshop for students ages 12-18/grades 7-12 and an evening 3-hour workshop for adults. Here are details for these:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 24-26th 3:30 – 5:30 pm
    At AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center’s Lab Classroom
    Drawing Nature: Scientific Illustration for Students Students ages 12-18 and in 7th-12th grades are invited to join scientific illustrators, Catie Bursch and Lee Post, for a hands-on, 3-day, after-school workshop to learn techniques for creating scientific illustrations using specimens from the natural world.
  • Thursday, January 26th 6:30-9:30 pm
    At AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center’s Lab Classroom
    Drawing Nature: Scientific Illustration Artists or adults interested in learning a new art technique are invited to join scientific illustrators, Catie Bursch and Lee Post, for a hands-on, evening workshop to learn methods of scientific illustration using specimens from the natural world. Contact Carmen Field @ 226-4659 to register for this free, indoor event for adults.

If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know that participant numbers will be limited; so interested folks should register early for either of these free, indoor workshops early by contacting Carmen at 226-4659 or carmen.field@alaska.gov.

Research reserve outreach

We are in the process of developing the Reserve’s 1st newsletter…an effort that has had repeated fits and starts over our 15-year history. It will be distributed electronically via a master newsletter list serve, with a tentative launch date of January 30th. We’ll release the inaugural issue soon!

Education program funding

Jess has been working on several grants over the past two weeks, most recently on a grant proposal to fund a coastal climate science lecture series and corresponding teacher professional development workshops next winter.

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