June 2016


The Water Tank

29.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

As soon as Seabird Camp finished on St. Paul Island…Ram jumped on a fishing tender and made it over to St. George Island to spend a few days doing seabird artwork with the kids. Luckily he took a boat.. the inter-island flight was cancelled.  Here’s his first report: We came….


29.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

The day of the big performance finally arrived! First, campers had to make something for their audience to eat. They started cooking with Zee, a local elder, in the afternoon and had a seal meat stew ready for show time.

Day Five of Camp

27.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

We started the day with a three station rotation that included Chicks and Splatters, a custom made board game all about the ups and downs of seabird biology, Seabird Charades and Seabird Twister.

Day four of camp

26.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Campers started the day by showing off their seabird identification skills with several rounds of Seabird Bingo. After reviewing the special characteristics of both seabirds and shorebirds it was time to dream up Seabird Superheroes! These had special powers based on their unique seabird characteristics. Kids drew such heroes as…

Day Three of Camp

24.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

A wet and wild Bering Sea morning greeted us on Wednesday. Not good weather for a three-hour field trip, even with great raingear. We made a last minute decision to switch up the schedule and go with a bunch of fun indoor activities instead. We started the day with a…

Day Two of Camp

23.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Today we had a very special opportunity to visit Anna Mel, Aqualina and all of their Unungan language learners/teachers at the St. Paul Civic Center. Through sign language, fun games and songs we all learned the Aleut words for our local seabirds.

First Day of Camp

22.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Thirty-seven kids packed the St. Paul School’s Science Room on Monday to learn about seabirds, shorebirds and how they all find food.

Field work continues

18.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Our field biology interns, Chauncey and Carley, have had quite a week! Four younger kids joined us for Thursday’s resighting expedition under High Bluffs. Resighting shows which color-banded kittiwakes survived through the winter and helps determine the health and population trends of this species.

First Day with Interns

15.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

It’s count-down to Seabird Camp on St. Paul Island, and on Monday, all of our interns started work! Carley started her field work with an adventure led by Dustin, a USFWS biotech from Kipnuk,

First Red-legged Kittiwake egg!

10.06.2016 in Kittiwake Behavior, Uncategorized

Update from Rachael and Abram on St. George Island We saw our first red-legged kittiwake egg today! Abram spotted the egg as we watched a bird we were considering catching fight off its downstairs neighbor while sitting tight. The bird then stood up and rolled its egg! Last year the first egg…

Last Day of Camp

06.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Makayla and Ann got up early and joined Jason for kittiwake resighting at the village cliffs. The Refuge monitor about 200 individual color-banded black and red-legged kittiwakes for adult survival. It was a treat to walk under the cliffs and be able to watch and listen to the birds so…

Fourth Day of Camp

02.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Red-legged kittiwakes Today we started off camp brainstorming about the seabird breeding season. We talked about what birds do during pre-lay, incubation, chick rearing and fledging. Then in teams of two as kittiwake pairs, we acted out the breeding season in the gym. We started by building our nests, and…

Third Day of Camp

02.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Today was action-packed. Till, Bianca and Maurice get the early-bird award for waking up this morning in the rain. We headed over to Zapani and found new places for the five least auklet nest-boxes that had been tossed out of the rocks in the winter storm. The afternoon was all…