2013 Seabird Camps

 

St. Paul Students

25.11.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education

Four students were chosen to present their poster at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in January. Each student was asked what they would share about their home with folk in Anchorage. Here are the responses of the three winners from St. Paul. Sonia Merculief (8th grader) Carley Bourdukofsky (6th grader)…

Day Four

03.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

St. Paul:  The group started the day by studying Tonia’s insect collection, then Ram gave a slideshow on currently blooming wildflowers.  Students worked on plant ID worksheets and then had a field trip to Lake Hill. A group of several Penn State botanists and paleontologists talked about plants and volcanic…

Day Five

03.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Last Day of Camp.  THANK YOU everyone who has made this week happen.  It’s been an amazing team effort and alot of fun. St. Paul– Today we finished our plant guides to flowers of St. Paul’s Lake Hill area.  Special guest Greg Fratis Sr. then came to tell us about hunting…

Day Three

01.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

St. George- Today we have been busy bees working on our movie (the very little kids had the day off camp). We edited and recorded this morning to make the finishing touches of what we had started yesterday evening. Dani, Jaylen, Ashley, and Carmen all recorded the narration for the movie….

Day Two

31.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Camp at St. Paul started with a warm-up game of Kittiwake-Sandlance that showed how hard it is for seabirds to find enough food to feed their chicks.The group then watched a special presentation by paleontologists.  They told us that St. Paul island is the second to last place on earth…

Day One

30.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Today marked the first day of the Seabird Youth Network Seabird Camp on St. Paul Island. Students arrived…(over 30 of them!)Began the day at the Civic Center with an introduction activity to learn each others’ names and something that we each enjoy about St. Paul Island.  After each student introduced him/herself, a ball…

Camp preparation

29.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Seabird Camp starts tomorrow on both St. Paul and St. George Island! Weather has been super foggy on St. George this summer… only 2 flights have made it in over the last 2 weeks and no fresh food was left in the store.   So, the teams felt very lucky…

What do Auklets eat?

14.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Students at the Pribilof Island Seabird Camps will be helping researchers catch Least Auklets to collect food samples this summer.  Least auklets eat zooplankton (small animals that drift in the ocean).  HOW DO WE COLLECT DIET SAMPLES: Least auklets have a special pouch under their tongue that they use to…

Seabird Real Estate

04.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Most folk are familiar with backyard nest boxes for land birds, such as chickadees and swallows, but few are aware that nest boxes for seabirds also exist. Nest boxes have been useful in re-establishing or increasing populations of threatened or endangered seabird species by providing safe and secure nesting habitat….

Cliff Safety

02.07.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

The countdown for summer camps begins…  What should I think about when I am on the cliffs?   1) Keep back from cliff edges – a slip or trip could be fatal 2) Remember that some cliffs overhang or are unstable 3) Only visit cliffs as a group, and keep together…

The Movie

06.06.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

6th-7th grade students on St. Paul spent the last school year learning about seabirds.  As a grand finale in May, they worked with the Alaska Teen Media Institute to make a documentary about their home and the seabirds that also live on the island. Check out some photos, and their movie!…

Team Jump

16.05.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

6 and 7th grade students from St. Paul Island, Tonia Kushin, Ann Harding, and baby Leif. Photo taken during the May Alaska Teen Media visit.  Students spent 2 days learning how to make their own seabird documentary!

Chuchkii return!

08.05.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Thousands of Least Auklets, also known as Chuchkii, are back on the Pribilof Islands! This photo was taken on St. Paul island on May 5.  Check out the sea-ice at the shore!Chuchkii are highly colonial seabirds, and nest in rocky crevices in colonies that can number over a million birds!…

Birds are Back!

07.05.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Seabird colonies all over the Northern Hemisphere are starting to come alive again with the sound of birds, and there are reports of kittiwakes, puffins and auklets back on the cliffs at the Pribilof Islands. Yay!The bird’s arrival coincides perfectly with the school field trip to the St. Paul cliffs…

Chico!

04.05.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Seabird excitement in Chico, California! Ann Harding recently skyped with two 7th grade classes in Chico, sharing stories about the Pribilof Island Seabird Youth Network and seabird research in the Arctic. Students were fascinated to learn about the Pribilof Islands, and how different it is to grow up on St….

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…