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Education activities review Feb. 23-Mar. 1

March 1, 2013

Public education programs

Last Saturday’s Family Ice Fishing Expedition to Johnson Lake near Kasilof went really well. We showed 7 families how to ice fish, and about a dozen rainbow trout were brought through the ice over the 3 hours we fished. The day started out sunny with a stiff north wind and when we left the lake, it was snowing and blowing hard. Catie and Carmen got a workout drilling holes with hand and power augers – the ice was 3 feet thick! Participants warmed their feet and hands by a fire on the ice and enjoyed hot dogs and s’mores between fishing bouts. A fun day was had by all! Here are a few images from our day on the ice.

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Remember-you, too, can borrow ice fishing gear until April from us at no cost. Just check out equipment Tuesdays through Saturdays between noon and 5pm at the AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center information (lobby) desk.

Community monitoring

In a recent monthly teleconference with marine invasive species monitoring partners (including KBRR staff), the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) announced that they were almost ready to launch a website for all European green crab monitors in Alaska to use. This site will house the monitoring protocols, guides, outreach posters, data sheets and a green crab database. Many of these products were developed by Catie here at KBRR for the Kachemak Bay green crab monitoring program.

Catie then initiated and organized another phone meeting for the group to talk specifically about what was on the website and agree to standard protocol. This follow-up teleconference was led by Linda McCann of SERC.

In the past ADF&G, National Park Service, AK SeaLife Center, school teachers, PWSRCAC, AK SeaGrant, and others have been trapping for invasive crab. We’ve each been doing things a bit differently according to our area. This new collaborative website will hopefully unify the monitoring group, yet allow for unique location needs and make the work of coordinating the program more efficient.

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Upcoming public events

The following free, public events are happening in March and early April:

  • 5th Annual Winter Family Fun Day
    Sun, March 3rd 12:00 – 2:00pm
    At Wynn Nature Center on Skyline Drive
    Celebrate winter and learn some great ways to spend time together outdoors as a family at this fun-filled afternoon of winter activities. Try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, track wildlife, observe winter birds, create icy art, play in an igloo, and more at this free family event. The log visitor center will have a fire going, but participants should wear warm clothing for playing outside. All are welcome. Free. Contact the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at 235-6667 for info. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance
  • What’s New in the Bay Discovery Lab
    Wed, March 6th 3:00 – 5:00pm
    AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Lab Classroom
    This is a hands-on opportunity for all ages to see the cool things being studied in Kachemak Bay, who’s doing these studies, and how they fit together to provide a better understanding of the coastal area in which we live. Contact Stacey at 226-4653 or stacey.buckelew@alaska.gov for info. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program & partners
  • KBRR Community Council Meeting
    Wed, March 20th 1:00 – 3:00pm
    Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus (Soldotna), Steffy Room
    Open to the public. Agenda & supporting resources will be posted here on the council website. Contact Stacey at 226-4653 or stacey.buckelew@alaska.gov for info.
  • Family Farm Day
    Sat, March 30th 12pm-2pm (tentative time)
    At Seaside Farm in Homer
    Mossy Kilcher and Nature Rocks Homer invite families to spend an afternoon on Seaside Farm. Children will see and feed Mossy’s young calves, pet a horse, feed the chickens, and sit on a tractor. Take East End Road to Mile 5 and turn south on Seaside Farm Rd (going downhill on the ocean side of East End Rd), driving to the bottom of the drive. Dress warmly. All are welcome. Free. Sponsored by Nature Rocks Homer
  • Our Landscape Over Time Discovery Lab
    Wed, April 3rd 3:00 – 5:00pm
    AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Lab Classroom
    Learn how natural forces – especially sea level rise and earth movement – occur and shape our landscape in the Kachemak Bay region at this fun, free, hands-on lab for all ages. Contact Jess at 226-4657 or jessica.ryan@alaska.gov for info. Sponsored by KBRR
  • Growing Up Wild Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
    Thu, April 4th 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Growing Up WILD is an NAEYC and Head-Start Domains-correlated curriculum that helps build school readiness for children ages 3-7. Participants will be introduced to tested, developmentally appropriate, interdisciplinary teaching tools that will help them reach educational goals while fostering an appreciation of the natural world among young learners. The workshop material fee is $20, which covers the cost of the Growing Up Wild curriculum. Please reserve your space in this class by contacting Elizabeth Manning at elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov or 907-267-2168. Sponsored by AK Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Division & Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
  • Wild About Wetlands Teacher Workshop
    Friday, April 5th (evening) – Saturday, April 6th (all day)
    Instructors will introduce Alaska Wildlife Curriculum and Project WILD educational activities to K-6th grade teachers. These indoor and outdoor lessons are designed to connect students with the outdoor environment and assist them in developing awareness, knowledge and skills needed to make informed decision about the environment. The focus of this workshop for K-6 elementary teachers will be on wetlands ecology and wetland inhabitants. One graduate level credit is optional for a cost of $74. The workshop material fee is $20. Please reserve your space in this class by contacting Elizabeth Manning at elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov or 907-267-2168. Class is limited to 25 participants. Sponsored by AK Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Division & Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
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