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Education activities review: October 1-5

October 6, 2012

Community monitoring program

Phytoplankton monitoring is continuing throughout the fall and winter, although on a much smaller scale. Yesterday Catie analyzed 2 samples: 1 from the Seldovia ferry dock and 1 from the Homer ferry dock collected by Ori and Steve while working on water quality sampling (KBRR’s System Wide Monitoring Program or SWMP). She found that although the numbers of diatom cells are now less than during the warmer summer months, the composition of the diatom species is always changing. Here are a couple photos from this week’s samples:

Pseudo-nitschia, one of the toxin-producing diatoms that we keep an eye on

A large and beautiful unknown diatom

Teacher workshops

KBRR has been invited to be a co-sponsor for an April 2013 Project Wild / Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Educator’s Workshop in Homer with staff from ADF&G’s Wildlife Division. Carmen will be leading several salmon and fishing activities during this 2-day workshop.

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