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Education activities review: January & early February

February 6, 2013

KBRR outreach

Last month six KBRR staff attended the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. We hosted a vendor booth on two evenings, and unequivocally our booth was an attraction point along a row of other agency booths. Well over 100 people stopped to talk about our current research, education, and outreach programs. There was a great deal of interest in the products available on our table, and we were (secretly) pleased that the “table only” copies of the tunicate and sculpin guides and What’s New in the Bay booklets walked away over the course of the evening.

Terry, Angie, & Jasmine at KBRR booth

Terry, Angie, & Jasmine at KBRR booth

KBRR booth at AMSS in Anchorage

KBRR booth at AMSS in Anchorage

Public programs

This week we will be hosting our first public Discovery Lab of the new year – Alaska’s Coastal Birds & Marine Mammals, funded by the Ocean Alaska Science & Learning Center. We invite you to join us tomorrow (Wednesday, February 6th) from 3 – 5pm to learn all about life histories and regional research being conducted on marine animals ranging from seabirds and eagles to sea otters and harbor seals.

Our February 23rd Family Ice Fishing Day at Johnson Lake is now fully booked by Homer area families. We have 34 people signed up for what promises to be a fun and hopefully successful day on the ice!

Our next CTP workshop—Roadmap for Adapting to Climate Change—is happening on Wednesday, February 13th from 9:00am – 12:30pm here at Islands & Ocean. This three-hour training introduces the “roadmap” assessment approach designed to help communities characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate threats and assess how existing planning and policy efforts may integrate this information to address community issues. The training is offered virtually by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Following this training, the City of Homer will provide an update on the Homer’s Climate Action Plan and the community and government efforts being taken to reduce the threat of and adapt to climate change. Contact Stacey here at the Reserve for more info.

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