Don’t Throw it!

09.06.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

“Stow it-don’t throw it” is a youth debris and ocean conservation program dedicated to protect marine environments. As part of this cool project, youth make recycling bins for used monofilament fishing line. READ MORE One of the main focuses for Seabird Camp 2014 is Marine Debris.  We’ll be learning about…

Pribilof Debris

09.06.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

Is there marine debris on the Pribilof Islands? YES! The main risks of marine debris on the Pribilof Islands are the ingestion of small plastic particles by birds and marine mammals and the entanglement of fur seals. Seals can become entangled in trawl net webbing, plastic packing materials, and monofilament…


21.05.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

We took blood samples from least auklets caught during Seabird Summer Camp last year. These blood samples were spun (using a centrifuge) to separate the plasma from the red blood cells, and frozen plasma samples were sent to Dr. Sasha Kitaysky at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) for analysis…


19.04.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

The Least Auklet diet sample analysis has been completed by Chris Stark, and we now have the results in the form of data. WHAT DO THE DATA LOOK LIKE? Data are stored in cells in a worksheet using a computer program like excel. The worksheet looks like a grid, with…


19.04.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

Remember? …. We collected Least Auklet chick diet samples for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife. during last summer’s Seabird Camps. QUICK RECAP: Why did we collect the diet samples? Diet data collected over many years can help tell us about changes in the marine environment. Different zooplankton species are…

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)…

Four Students

21.11.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Four students from the Pribilof Islands will be traveling to Anchorage in January to present a poster on the Seabird Youth Network at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  Interested students completed a competition to attend the conference.  There were many great entries, and it was a hard choice for judge Jordan…

Bering Sea Days

13.10.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Bering Sea Days is an annual program developed by the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government and the school at St. Paul.  The week is devoted to science in the place where the kids live, with students of all ages learning about career routes and research projects from…

Distance Dissection

27.09.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Veronica Padula is a graduate student at UAA (University of Alaska, Anchorage), studying how plastic pollution affects seabirds in Alaska. Veronica has SKYPED with Pribilof students a couple times over the course of last school year, and has been a great resource for us to learn more about marine pollution. Last week,…


05.09.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

The Alaska Sealife Center has a new virtual field trip to learn about sea ice the Bering Sea.  Check it out. 

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!…

Safety Practices

26.05.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Tonia Kushin and students learn safety practices for hunting seabirds for subsistence use from Paul Meolovidov (Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Ecosystem Conservation Office).