November on St. George

29.11.2017 in Education, Uncategorized

I had plans to fly to St. George Island straight after Thanksgiving, to spend a week with the kids doing some fun seabird activities. Flying this time of year is often hard with wind, and St. Paul Island clocked winds of 114mph the day before Thanksgiving!

Seabird Report Card

16.11.2017 in Education, Uncategorized

Background Although seabirds spend most of their life out at sea, all seabirds return to land to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Breeding sites are usually on islands, and often fairly remote.

Time in Anchorage

10.08.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands, Uncategorized

Our friends from the Commander Islands had an action-packed couple of days in Anchorage before flying back home. They visited the Anchorage Museum, experienced the American shopping mall, and had a picnic with paddle-boarding the first day. The second day was also full– They were given a guided tour of…

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…

Bird art from Colorado

08.08.2016 in Uncategorized

Students (ages 10-12) from Roxborough Primary and Intermediate School in Colorado have sent us these beautiful pieces of bird art to share with students on the Pribilof Islands. With the assistance of Kate Hogan at the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, students selected 5 local birds: the bald eagle; barn owl;…

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…

The Night Shift

21.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education, Uncategorized

While the seabird and marine mammal observers sleep at night, other scientists are afoot. At every sample station (red dots on the map), they are on deck deploying gear to collect physical, chemical, and biological samples. The first thing to go into the water at a station is the CTD,…

Red-legged Kittiwake Ecology

09.02.2015 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior, Uncategorized

Red-legged kittiwake photo (above) by Caitlin Kroeger There are two species of kittiwake, the black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) and the red-legged kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris). The red-legged kittiwake is a small cliff-nesting gull that is endemic (restricted) to the Bering Sea.

Bering Sea Days 2014

11.11.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

Veronica Padula (University of Alaska, Anchorage) recently traveled to St. Paul to teach students about seabirds and marine pollution during Bering Sea Days (above photo shows students learning about oil spill clean-up).  Read Veronica’s report (below), and watch her video below: Bering Sea Days 2014. I finally made it! St. Paul…

Plastic Pellet Experiment

20.08.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Students attending Seabird Camp set-up a plastic pellet experiment.  Trevor Haynes explains more… University of Alaska Scientist Veronica Padula had a challenge for the seabird camp students – Set up a scientific experiment in their harbor. Veronica’s research focus is on marine debris, specifically the plastics that enter the marine…

After Seabird Camp

31.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Work on St. Paul continued for a few days after Seabird Camp. Our intern, Diamond, joined USFWS crew to capture Least Auklets and collect the food they are bringing back to their chicks in the colony. This was the second of three collection sessions that the wildlife refuge does each…

A big day on St. Paul Island.

17.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Garbie was safely installed in her new home in the lobby of the Tribal Office. Here she is getting her photo taken with Paul and Dallas from the Tribal Government Eco Office.  Paul and Dallas helped Seabird Camp collect the marine debris to make Garbie. And, the “No Rats Allowed”…

Meet Garbie!

14.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Garbie the trash bird was completed today and is looking for a (large) burrow to call home. She already has many friends!  Here she is posing with Ezra (one of the most enthusiastic builders) and some of her fans. Many many thanks to Ram and the creative team!  She’s amazing!

Seabird Camp Day 5

14.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

The final official day of Seabird Camp 2014. We started the day with a conference call with Sean Russell of the “Stow-It-Don’t –Throw-It” project.  It was good to see a young person from another part of the country doing conservation work.  Sean told us he did a bunch of conservation…

Seabird Camp Day 4

11.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Another busy day at Seabird Camp! The campers finished painting their bright blue or green murre eggs to start camp today. We will use them for games tomorrow. Teams of campers used GPS units to navigate between waypoints all over the school yard.  At each waypoint they discovered an activity…

Day 3 of Seabird Camp

10.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Here is a blog entry written by our student intern, Diamond, about her trip to the cliffs with Refuge biologists and the third day of Seabird Camp. This morning, Kendra and I went on the cliffs to count birds and nests. First, Kendra and I took a long and bumpy…

Day 2 of Seabird Camp

09.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

After doing some research, Campers were surprised to find out how long waste items take to biodegrade. We took in the “Stow-It-Don’t-Throw-It” program’s presentation on marine debris, learning about sources of debris and the ways it impacts the environment. Campers then staged a beach clean-up and collected the marine debris…