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Education activities review February 13-17

February 17, 2012

Public education

Last weekend Jess and Carmen, with help from volunteer Hal Shepherd and ADF&G fish biologist Mike Booz, hosted a family ice fishing expedition to Encelewski Lake near Clam Gulch. Six families – 9 adults and 6 kids – joined us on the ice for a morning of angling for stocked rainbow trout. While no fish were brought up through the 2.5-foot-thick ice, we had a marvelous morning of fishing. Folks had a few bites, enjoyed a marvelous bonfire and cook-out, and basked in rare sunshine till the midday breeze kicked up. Everyone was energized by this opportunity to learn a new skill and about a new local fishing spot; and the outing gave at least 4 of the adults a reason to buy their 2012 fishing license.

This week’s fly-tying workshop with local fly-tying craftsman Steve Soitsmen drew 15 enthusiastic fishermen – 13 adults and 2 youth. Fly-tying has been Steve Soitsman’s hobby for more than 40 years, and he expertly led each participant through the creation of two flies of a particular pattern. We are very thankful to have had Steve conducting this workshop with us!

K – 12th Education

This week we hosted five 3rd – 6th grade school groups from Homer – with 140 students – for our Fish On! Discovery Lab programs. We received feedback that this was a very fun and informative lab for the students, teachers, and adult chaperones.

We will be meeting in coming weeks with Homer area middle and high school teachers to plan for 2012-13 marine science programming in their classrooms. We are very excited about reaching out to our community’s older students and their teachers, who we rarely see in KBRR programming at Islands & Ocean.

Monitoring program updates

Catie has been working this week with a contractor (former KBRR biologist Judy Hamilton) to glean more information from our community monitoring databases. This week’s efforts have been all about planning for the upcoming summer and fall, with multiple meetings to sort out summer equipment use, staff scheduling, and cooperation with partners for the busy year ahead. Catie will be producing a summary on last summer’s Harmful Algal Bloom collections by the end of this month.

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