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Education activities review April 29-May 3

May 3, 2013

K-12 Education

Catie and Ori delivered our Alaska’s Coastal Birds & Marine Mammals Discovery Lab program to 45 K – 12th grade students at Susan B. English School in Seldovia this week.

Ori teaching Seldovia students about harbor seals

Ori teaching Seldovia students about harbor seals

Catie teaching Seldovia students how to age Bald Eagles

Catie teaching Seldovia students how to age Bald Eagles

Jess and Carmen led Estuary Ecology Explorations in Beluga Slough this week for 83 preschool to 6th grade students from Homer and Kenai. These hikes highlighted the role of local glaciers in shaping Kachemak Bay, as well as the importance of Kachemak Bay estuaries. Migrating birds and bugs provided the students with live animal interactions in the estuary, too.

Community monitoring

KBRR staff attended an Invasive Species Training last Friday in our lab classroom, highlighting terrestrial and aquatic invasives and avoidance of their spread. The training was organized by Stacey, Catie, and colleagues from Homer and beyond. Catie presented during this workshop on marine invasives.

33 people attended the training, ranging from concerned citizens to a cattle rancher to agency biologists. Participants filled out evaluations, and the average rating for the course was 4.5 (out of a total of 5). Our staff will all be using the information gained and applying it to the way we conduct field work this summer for our research and community monitoring. Catie and Stacey will be bringing this same workshop to Kenai on May 10th.

Catie continues to train Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) phytoplankton monitors, as they are available, in preparation for the summer monitoring season. This training usually involves going over protocols for taking samples and identifying the phytoplankton under a microscope.

A few of KBRR’s HAB monitoring volunteers

A few of KBRR’s HAB monitoring volunteers

A few of KBRR’s HAB monitoring volunteers

Public events

This week’s public Glaciers on the Move Discovery Lab was a quiet event, drawing only 15 visitors. We’ll be repeating this lab for summer guests in early July. A big thank you goes out to volunteers Tadhg and Seamus Scholz, Carole Demers, and community partner Rebekah Jones with the National Park Service for helping at this lab!

Another glacier-related event is happening next Wednesday, May 8th—Kenai Peninsula’s Changing Glaciers, a brown bag presentation by NPS glaciologist Chuck Lindsay from 12-1pm here at Islands & Ocean. Chuck will provide a summary of ongoing studies to monitor changes in glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula with examples from repeat photography, satellite mapping, and measurements of ice thickness, ice velocity and annual snowfall-snow melt. Please join us for this special presentation.

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