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Education activities review: July 21 – 27

July 27, 2012

Public events

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

Summer education interns Brittany and Heather led Estuary Hikes for 45 visitors this week.

Last Saturday’s Sport Fishing for Halibut Discovery Lab was attended by 80 visitors and, so far, this week’s Salt Marsh Wildlife labs have drawn 151 people. This lab introduced visitors to our Science Collaborative project – including documentation of fish/bugs/birds/mammals in our salt marshes, plus identification, habitat requirements, and interesting life history information for animal life in these estuaries. A big thanks goes out to these individuals who helped with this week’s Discovery Labs: KBRR Research Coordinator Angie Doroff, KBRR staff & salmon researcher Tammy Hoem Neher, Science Collaborative project intern Taylor Bennett, Rebekah Jones and Curtis Hightower (National Park Service staff); and volunteers Syverine Abrahamson, Daniel Kern, and Alicia Anderson!

Here are a few photos of volunteers and community partners helping in this month’s Sport Fishing for Salmon Discovery Labs:

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Science outreach

This week’s brown bag lecture on Kachemak Bay mapping and oceanography with Alex Johnson and Kris Holderied was attended by 24 people.

Science collaborative project

The community monitoring aspect of our Science Collaborative project ramped into high gear this week with Discovery Labs focused on the project and 2 evening trainings provided by Research Reserve staff to people who have signed on to help monitor Sadie Cove and Fox River Flats marshes with us next month.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, 14 local citizens, ranging in age from 13 – seniors, plus staff and interns attended our community monitor training. Instructors included Angie, Jess, Conrad Field (Science Collaborative botanist), and Carmen. Volunteers learned about the goals of the project, what to expect as monitoring team members, how to use the monitoring data sheets, saltmarsh plant identification, saltmarsh wildlife identification, methods for capturing insects and infaunal invertebrates, and saltmarsh safety procedures. The 2-day training wound up with a hands-on session out in Beluga Slough practicing the data recording and identification skills learned. It was a beautiful evening in the marsh, and we had the extra bonus of finding a pair of Wilson’s Snipe with 2 fledglings practically underfoot.

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