January 2013


The smelliest seabird recipe

29.01.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Are seabirds useful, tasty, or economically important for humans?  What are some seabird myths and legends? This month we’re learning about the importance of seabirds in human communities. Kiviaq is an Inuit dish from Greenland. It is made by stuffing a seal-skin with 300 to 500 dovekies. The full skin…

Cooking King Eider Video

29.01.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

This month we’re learning about the importance of seabirds in human communities. The king eider is a spectacular sea duck that breeds along the Arctic coasts of North America, Europe and Asia. King eiders spend their winter in ice-free areas in the Bering Sea, and are a source of fresh meat…

Getting Scientists Out

29.01.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Looking over the crowd listening intently to someone describe plankton blooms for 15 minutes it was hard not to wonder whether I was trapped in a room full of hard-core nerds, but the majority of people attending looked like regular people excited about their work and not the stereotypical scientist…

Science Fair Project ideas

14.01.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Science Fairs are just around the corner. Here are some links to some great project ideas related to birds, seabirds, marine biology and conservation. (1) How does a chick breathe inside its’ shell? (2) M&M survival challenge! (3) With a little bread as bait, can you make a bird migrate?…

The weight of 50 elephants

09.01.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) picked up enough marine debris to equal the weight of 50 elephants in only one month. Imagine how much debris that was!  This really gives you an idea about how bad the problem is. Learn more from this video “Our Debris Filling the Sea“

Seabird Bycatch

04.01.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Fisheries bycatch is the greatest threat to many seabird populations (tuna long-liner pictured above), especially albatross. Seabirds are attracted to fishing boats because of the bait and discarded offal, and are at risk of getting tangled in the fishing gear and drowning. The tubenoses (e.g. shearwaters, albatross, fulmars) are the most…

Marine Plastic Debris

03.01.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

We’re leaning about seabird conservation issues this month. Seabirds face a range of dangers, including plastic debris in the ocean. Plastic eaten by albatross chick: © ecogreen4us, Creative Commons. How much plastic do you have in your life? How many bottle tops do you throw away a week? The oceans are…