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Education activities review: July 14 – 20

July 22, 2012

Public events

14 visitors joined us this week for our Friday Beach Walk.

Summer education interns Brittany and Heather led Estuary Hikes for 42 visitors this week.

Last Saturday’s Sport Fishing for Salmon Discovery Lab was attended by 125 visitors and, so far, this week’s Sport Fishing for Halibut labs have drawn 224 people. The life cycle and diet displays, fish dissection, recipes, and information on mushy halibut, fishing management, gear used, and where to fish were of particular interest to visitors this week. A big thanks goes out to these individuals who helped with this week’s Discovery Labs: Rebekah Jones and Curtis Hightower (National Park Service staff); Mike Booz (ADF&G Sport Fish biologist); and volunteers Syverine Abrahamson, Daniel Kern, and Alicia Anderson!

Science outreach

This week’s 3 brown bag lectures drew 33 people who enjoyed learning about shellfish toxins, how salmon use estuaries, and native orchid research and conservation. Terry and Ray RaLonde with AK Sea Grant repeated their Wednesday brown bag presentation on shellfish toxins for audiences in Ninilchik, Port Graham, and Seldovia, with nearly 50 people attending these talks.

We invite you to join us for the following ‘double-header’ brown bag event next Thursday, July 26th from 12:00 – 1:00pm with NOAA Hollings intern Alex Johnson and NOAA oceanographer Kris Holderied:


How to Make a Bay: An Interactive Multimedia Guide to Kachemak Bay, AK
Alex Johnson – NOAA Hollings intern, College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA

Looking out across Kachemak Bay, it is easy to notice just how spectacular the area is. The Homer Spit, the Kenai Mountains, and the Harding Ice Field all enchant and bedazzle us. But what about the bay itself? Beneath its icy waters, Kachemak Bay is home to a landscape just a complex and fascinating as any on the Earth’s surface. However, there has been the challenge of how to visualize the seafloor, allowing people to see what the bay is hiding. But now, using a wide mix of digital programs and processes, the peaks and valleys of the ocean bottom can be explored by just about anyone, allowing for a new world of understanding of one Alaska’s most beautiful places, Kachemak Bay.


Water Connects Us to the World: Oceanography from Kachemak Bay to the Pacific Ocean
Kris Holderied – NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory Director, Oceanographer

What makes waters move in Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet and the Pacific Ocean and how might that affect marine debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami? How do freshwater from snowmelt and salty water from the ocean mix in Kachemak Bay and why might that matter for understanding outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning? How do you measure ocean currents for tidal energy? We’ll take a quick tour of the oceanography of our bay and ocean to answer these questions and more.

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