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Don’t Lose Count!

11.08.2017 in Education

2017 was a Population Count Year on the Pribilof Islands.  McKenna Hanson, a Refuge biotech working on St. George Island, explains what this entails:  Click, click, click, click, click, click, click….. “Darn it, I lost count!” For U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) seabird researchers in the Pribilof Islands, this year…

Waiting for eggs…

08.07.2017 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Rachael and Abram are on St. George Island studying red-legged kittiwakes.  Even though field biologists can be totally organized with all the details for camp-life, they can’t control whether their study species will lay eggs…  Here’s Rachael’s most recent report from the field:

Letters between islands

21.06.2017 in Commander Islands, Education

For the last 3 years, students living on the Pribilof Islands and the Commander Islands have been sharing letters. Letters are translated between Russian and English and sent via email between islands.

Back on St. George

08.06.2017 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

The red-legged kittiwake research team are back on St. George Island.  Here’s Rachael Orben’s update on the start of their field season: Abram and I arrived on St George about a week ago.

Mercury

26.05.2017 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Mercury is one of the most toxic contaminants found in the environment. It is released naturally during volcanic eruptions, however, over the last 300 years, humans have released lots of mercury into the environment while mining for gold and burning fossil fuels. In fact, mercury concentrations found in arctic animals…

Welcome Poster

19.05.2017 in Commander Islands, Education

Summer is approaching, and school is almost out for the summer vacation. Students on both the Commander Islands and the Pribilofs are getting excited for summer activities. 4th graders on St. Paul Island have been busy making posters

Alaska Bird Conference

21.12.2016 in Education

Hi, my name is Destiny and I am in seventh grade recently attending Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage. The reason I came to Cordova was to present a poster about the Seabird Youth Network poster at the Alaska Bird Conference. During the conference I learned that there are many more problems with…

Story of the Commander and Pribilof Islands

21.12.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

One of the highlights at the last Bering Sea Days was learning more about the historical link between the Commander and Pribilof Islands from Aquilina Lestenkof, director of Cultural Affairs at the Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island. Aquilina met with students from the 4-5th, and 6-8th grade…

Fall on St. Paul

12.10.2016 in Education

Bering Sea Days was in early October this year, and Fall on the Pribilof Islands has a very different hum to the breeding frenzy of summer life.

Bering Sea Days 2016

12.10.2016 in Education, Uncategorized

Another week of Bering Sea Days is over! Many thanks to all the hard work of folks at the Ecosystem Conservation Office, Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and the Pribilof School District for organizing and hosting such an incredibly rich week. One of the highlights of this year was…

Seabird Survivor Game

10.10.2016 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve enjoyed following Catherine Pham’s journeys as she studied seabirds out at-sea over the last year. This past week, Catherine flew all the way from Hawaii to Anchorage, Alaska… and then boarded another flight to St. Paul Island in time for Bering Sea Days. Bering Sea Days is a weeklong…

St. Lawrence Island

03.05.2016 in Education

Biologists from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) and Tokyo, Japan, are starting a new seabird research project on St. Lawrence Island this summer. St. Lawrence Island (Central Siberian Yupik: Sivuqaq) is located west of mainland Alaska in the Bering Sea, just south of the Bering Strait. The island is…

Before there were eggs!

11.04.2016 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Where do red-legged kittiwakes forage before they lay their eggs? No one really knew the answer to this question until Rachael Orben and team deployed GPS dataloggers on them last May (2015) on St. George Island.

Central Place Foraging

07.04.2016 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

What is a central-place forging trip? Red-legged kittiwakes are birds and therefore they lay eggs to reproduce. And, an egg needs to be kept warm for the embryo to grow and hatch into a chick. Obviously, seabirds aren’t able to lay eggs out at sea (where their food is). Instead,…

Kittiwake Highways and Traffic Patterns

29.03.2016 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

St George Island is home to roughly half a million red-legged kittiwakes and the majority of these birds nest on the north facing cliffs of the island. The main foraging area for red-legged kittiwakes is located to the southwest of St. George, out past the shelf break and into the…

Fun activities on St. Paul

26.02.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

Some recent fun activities at the school on St. Paul Island. Недавние увлекательные занятия на острове Святого Павла. Above: The fire department came to our school and did a fire extinguisher lesson with our 7th through 12th grade students. Сотрудники Пожарной части пришли в нашу школу и с учениками 7-12…

Sharing Letters

04.01.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

Students living on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs) and Bering Island (the Commanders) are enjoying getting to know each other through pen-pal letters. Учащиеся, живущие на острове Святого Павла (острова Прибылова) и на острове Беринга (Командорские острова), с удовольствием узнают друг о друге посредством переписки.

The Arctic Eis Team

11.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve discussed in the past how important teamwork and collaboration is for research. Ship-based research is often an extreme example of collaborative work.

Data analysis…

02.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve learnt a lot about doing seabird surveys at-sea.  But, what happens after you’ve collected all those data?  Maybe this is when the hard work really starts?  Catherine Pham (above) explains:

Pen-pal letters begin

01.12.2015 in Commander Islands, Education

Начался обмен письмами друзей по переписке Russian translation is provided below: Перевод на русский предоставлен ниже: Last month, at Bering Sea Days, we initiated the pen-pal project between students on St. Paul and students from the village of Nikolskoye on the Commander Islands.

Flashback…

19.11.2015 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Here’s a flashback to the 2015 field season studying red-legged kittiwakes breeding on St. George Island, by Rachael Orben: In early May (before the grass had really started to turn green) Abram and I arrived on St George. We even managed to land on our first flight!

Plastics in the Ocean activity set

14.11.2015 in Education

We’ve just added a new set of seabird activities! Marine debris and plastics in the ocean are topics frequently visited during Seabird Camps, Bering Sea Days, and by visiting scientists, such as Veronica Padula, who study the impacts of debris (specifically plastics) on marine life. This is not an issue…

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…