2015 Seabird Camps

 

Cross Winds on St. George

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Penair cancelled the flight because of strong cross-winds at the airstrip, so I ended up having a bonus extra two days on St. George. The younger kids and I learned all about puffins in the morning. We learned how puffins spend their year, build their nest, and share incubation and…

Bering Sea Days 2015

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

It’s been a crazy full week.   The school on St. Paul Island has been buzzing with activity, learning, and excitement. It’s been really fun to pass doorways, and hear talk of bones, pressure, plants, ocean acidification, fur-seals, birds… and more! We had a biodiversity field trip out to a fur-seal…

October on St. George Island

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

After a busy week on St. Paul with Bering Sea Days, I flew over to St. George Island. Winds had been high for the last week, and so I was thankful to actually be able to land. It’s been a wonderful couple of days here. Most seabirds have gone for…

Start of Bering Sea Days

08.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Bering Sea Days has started on St. Paul Island. Bering Sea Days is a weeklong program hosted by the Ecosystem Conservation Office, Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and the Pribilof School District, and funded by the Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association. The whole school week is dedicated to learning…

Crested Auklet video

21.09.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

We’re continuing to learn about the amazing seabirds that breed on the Pribilof Islands. After a great field trip to the cliffs, kids attending Seabird Camp split off into different groups to put

Aglakh

10.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

The kids on the Commander Islands have just returned from their summer camp.  We’re really excited to hear about the camp activities, it sounds like it was an action-packed adventure.  And, we can’t wait to hear their camp song! Many thanks to this report from camp leader Natalya Fomina. The…

Checking nest-boxes

03.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird activities continue on St. George.  Abram gave a talk about the red-legged kittiwake project, that included using Google Earth to check out the small hand-full of islands where they breed.  It’s amazing to think that 70% of the world population breeds on St. George Island! The crew then headed…

Foggy Start

03.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird Camp on St. George had an unplanned start.  The plane carrying Ann and Peter circled the island a few times, but it was too foggy to land and they had to return all the way back to Anchorage (an 11 hour round trip!).  This is not unusual for St….

Seabird Portraits

13.07.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Kids participating in the recent Seabird Camp on St. Paul Island have created some beautiful portraits of the local seabirds to share with the students on the Commander Islands. Tufted Puffin Young Kittiwake Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin portrait Red-faced Cormorant Rainbow Horned Puffin Least Auklets Horned Puffin Crested Auklet  …

Commander Island Summer Camp

09.07.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

Where are the Commander Islands? The Commander Islands are located at the end of the Aleutian Islands, and about 110 miles east of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program, we’ll be working closely with biologists and the school district on the Commander Islands…

Wrap-Up

01.07.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

The wrap-up for this year’s camp started with finding a place for all of our big animal masks.  We can thank Mr. Mac at the St. Paul School for displaying all the masks so nicely on the school library.  Now the kids can see their creations year-round! Intern Marjorie continued…

The Grand Finale!

30.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

The day of the plays!  Even with the extensive prep work we had done, everything came down to the wire Saturday.  Masks, props and the background mural were all completed as the minutes ticked toward show time. The mural was finished moments before our gathering at the Rec Hall.  Parts…

LAST DAY OF CAMP

28.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

The last day of this year’s seabird camp!  Our plays and goodbyes will happen tomorrow at 7:30 at the Rec Hall. We started the day by hearing more about life in the Commander Islands.  It is very similar yet different from here.  Campers were excited to hear that kids from…

Seabird Camp Day Four

27.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

We started another big day at Seabird Camp with a presentation on “Seabird Capture: How and Why. “ Some of the students, including Chauncey and Ethan, were eager to tell the class about their own experiences working with scientists to capture seabirds.  All of the kids enjoyed seeing pictures of…

Seabird Camp Day Three

25.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Day three of Seabird Camp started in the microscopic world as we looked at slides of zooplankton. Some kids had studied plankton the night before and found it so interesting that we decided everyone should get a chance to glimpse the wonderful world of tiny creatures. St. Paul Tribal Government’s…

Seabird Camp Day Two

25.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Thirty three kids packed the science room as Kendra started the day by talking about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and what it does on the Pribilofs and across the country.  All the kids will now tell you that a wildlife refuge is “a place where WILDLIFE COMES FIRST!” …

Seabird Camp Day One

24.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird camp on St. Paul started with a bang! Teams of campers raced to collect all of the things that seabirds need to raise a chick. The successful parents found space, food, water, shelter, an egg, and a chick. Campers tested their knowledge with a “Who wants to be a…

Contaminant Research

23.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Veronica Padula and Misty Libby from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) are on St. Paul this summer studying contaminants in birds. Chauncey (one of our Seabird Camp interns) has been assisting them with some of the field work, and Veronica and Misty are also helping out with Seabird Camp…

Momentum is building

20.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

Count Down:  Only two days until the start of Seabird Camp! Preparations have been rolling along here on St. Paul. We continued to build paper mache masks and props for our plays.  It has been quite the workshop down at the school, with kids dropping by to help out.  Marjorie…

CAMP PREPARATION BEGINS

17.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

St. Paul Seabird Camp starts next week, and students and leaders are busy preparing.  The two interns have started work, and Ram and students have been busy doing prep-work on costumes for a seabird theatre production planned for the end of camp. We’ll be posting daily updates during camp, but…