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Day Four on St. George

01.12.2017 in Education

We started the day making a puffin chick bread load. Waylon even found a dried cherry with a strange shape that looked like the mini horn for a horned puffin chick.

Day Three on St. George

30.11.2017 in Education

It’s dark at 8am when the kids show up, and still dark at 9:30am. Everyone starts the day with warm milk to drink, and Bianca had her first lesson in knitting. It was a cozy start to the day.

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.

Bering Sea Days 2017

16.10.2017 in Education

2017 is the tenth anniversary of Bering Sea Days 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.

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…

Reflections, goodbyes, and thank you

10.08.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

After a couple of days in Anchorage, it was time for our friends from the Commander Islands to start their long journey home. Over a pizza supper on their last evening we talked over some of the highlights of this visit. These included: The Tiglax boat ride, and especially all…

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…

Goodbye to St. Paul

26.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

After the thick fog of the last couple of days, we anxiously peeked out of the windows this morning… and the skies were clearer. Natalia went to the Russian Orthodox church for their morning service, and goodbyes were said around town. Gifts were exchanged between people as they parted, and…

Grand Finale

26.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Saturday was foggy. St. Paul Tribal Government generously took the St. George kids back on the Lunax because the forecast for flying to St. George tomorrow was not good. After sad goodbyes on the dock, the rest of the morning passed in a blur of last minute painting, packing, cleaning,…

Last Day of Camp 2017

26.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

We had a morning of preparation, mixed with a few field trips. The Commander Island team went to observe the fur-seal harvest so that they can compare it with the harvest on Bering Island, Natalia met with the Language team to share some Commander Island geneology, and Ann took Maurice…

Seabird Camp 2017 Day 4

21.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Our Commander Island friends had a fun morning with Sasha and Artem playing basketball in the beautiful school gym. Another incredible turn-out for camp, with 55 kids showing up at 1pm. The Unangam tunuu Speaking Listening Team (UTSLT) hosted us all, teaching some super-fun outdoor games, and following up with…

Seabird Camp 2017 Day 3

20.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Another full day, with around 50 kids! Our Commander Island friends started off the day by teaching campers the Russian words for “puffin” “kittiwake”… and “car”. We then split into three groups: The T-shirt group started coloring the 2017 Seabird Camp logo showing the Commander Islands and Pribilof Islands, another…

Seabird Camp 2017 Day 2

20.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

It was a wild Tuesday on the water at Seabird Youth Network’s Seabird Camp today. Just over 20 middle schoolers, high schoolers, SYN camp instructors, and adult chaperones were able to tour Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s R/V Tiglax. We learn about the projects and monitoring camps being conducted and…

Seabird Camp 2017 Day 1

20.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

We had amazing turnout of over 40 students at Day 1 of Seabird Youth Network’s 2017 Seabird Camp! The afternoon started with a glance at what to expect this week, a fun Bird Beak Buffet exercise led by Ram Papish, where students practiced “feeding” using different shaped bird “beaks” and…

Fantastic creations

17.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Ram Papish and kids have been busy experimenting with new materials to make realistic teeth, whiskers and other details for this year’s masks. We will have plenty of fun characters for the 2017 Seabird Camp theater production! Oh my!

Seabird Camp starts tomorrow!

16.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Seabird Camp starts tomorrow…. Putting on the camp requires a huge team effort, and would not be possible without the support of our many partners (see below).   Special thanks to our two major funders: the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service Shared Beringian Heritage Program. …

Least Auklet capture

16.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Seabird Camp interns joined the USFWS crew to collect least auklet diet samples.  Here’s the report from Destiny (age 13yrs): Today on Friday 14, 2017 Seabird interns, Biologists, and Ram Papish went to do Least Auklet captures. We went to capture the auklets to get diet samples to see what…

Population Counts

16.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Thursday (July 13th) was spent learning about seabird population counts being conducted on St. Paul Island. Student intern, Destiny, and Ms. Kushin accompanied USFWS biologists Ryan Mong and Sarah Gilman along the beach under Zapadni cliffs. Ryan and Sarah showed us how the cliff length was broken into manageable sized…

Seabird Camp interns

13.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

The week before Seabird Camp 2017 has begun in full force! On Tuesday July 11th, our student interns, Destiny Kushin and Maurice Lekanof along with Mrs. Kushin and Ashley Kushin joined USFWS biologists Ryan Mong and Brady Deal on the cliffs to learn about productivity monitoring of the birds of…

Art preparations

13.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps

Seabird Camp is next week, and the team on St. Paul are busy with preparations. Here’s their first report: Today (Wednesday July 12) our student interns and several other artistic students and adults joined Ram Papish and began work on more papier mache masks and costumes to be used at the end…