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Education activities review: Feb. 18-22

February 22, 2013

Student education programs

This week we hosted 124 preschool through fourth grade students from Homer for Alaska’s Coastal Birds & Marine Mammals Discovery Labs. Students really enjoyed the hands-on activities and left our lab with a keener sense of how coastal Alaska’s birds and marine mammals live and how scientists are studying them.

Once again it was fantastic to have volunteer Carole Demers helping us in the lab this week! KBRR researcher Ori Badajos also joined us this week, sharing her knowledge and experience as a marine mammal researcher with students in two EE programs, which we’re very grateful for.

Community monitoring

Catie has been busy this week recruiting a few more volunteers for the summer monitoring programs.

Catie is also working on finishing the Phytoplankton of Kachemak Bay, Alaska guide. Volunteer Jane Middleton has given hours of her time and many of her microscopic photographs to this project—we are so very fortunate to work with dedicated and professional community members like Jane. This guide will eventually be available on our website, along with our Plankton Coloring Book and our High Seas Drifter Student Plankton Guide. Catie is finding it very satisfying to wrap up these resources after years of looking at and identifying our local/Kachemak Bay plankton.

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Public education programs

On Tuesday KBRR hosted a brown bag with Dale Pomraning, lead machinist from the UAF Geophysical Institute. Twenty-eight attendees enjoyed Mr Pomraning’s images and stories from his field season at Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, including an overflight of a huge crack in the ice where a new glacier the size of New York is separating from the glacier.

The education team will be up on Johnson Lake tomorrow, leading a family ice fishing expedition with about 25 people of all ages. Wish us luck as we go for the rainbows!

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