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13.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

A huge welcome to Natalia, Aleksandr, Polina, and Artym from the Commander Islands! They’ve made it to Alaska! Even though the Commander Islands in Russian are only separated by 207 miles from the nearest land in the USA (the island of Attu in the Aleutian chain), the journey from the…

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.


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

Letters of welcome

14.04.2017 in Commander Islands

 It’s happening! Three students and one chaperone from the Commander Islands (Russia) are coming to St. Paul Island for Seabird Camp this summer! School students on St. Paul are getting excited, and have been busy writing pen-pal letters. These will be translated into Russian and sent to students living in…

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…

Unangan Songs

21.12.2016 in Commander Islands

Bering Sea Days culminated with a community event, where Aquilina Lestenkof and her Unangan Language students shared some songs, including singing happy birthday to the oldest resident on St. Paul Island, and the Unangan song “Many Years”. Thankyou to Aquilina for sharing her knowledge of the Unangan language and songs…

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…

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;…


02.08.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

Students living on Bering Island (the largest of the Commander Islands) have just returned from their summer camp.  Here’s their report..  The etno-ecological camp “Aglakh” started on Jul 19 and continued to Jul 30. Eleven students (3 girls and 8 boys) and 2 PhD student, who were former Nikolskay school…

Last day of art-camp

01.07.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Today each student made a T-shirt design featuring a seabird. The kids were impressed by how well the stencils worked to make crisp designs.

Kittiwake mobiles

01.07.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Art-camp on St. George Island continues… We started the day by making Kittiwake Mobiles. Bianca was so excited that she wanted to make two: One for her and one for her cat!

The Water Tank

29.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

As soon as Seabird Camp finished on St. Paul Island…Ram jumped on a fishing tender and made it over to St. George Island to spend a few days doing seabird artwork with the kids. Luckily he took a boat.. the inter-island flight was cancelled.  Here’s his first report: We came….


29.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

The day of the big performance finally arrived! First, campers had to make something for their audience to eat. They started cooking with Zee, a local elder, in the afternoon and had a seal meat stew ready for show time.

Day Five of Camp

27.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

We started the day with a three station rotation that included Chicks and Splatters, a custom made board game all about the ups and downs of seabird biology, Seabird Charades and Seabird Twister.

Day four of camp

26.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Campers started the day by showing off their seabird identification skills with several rounds of Seabird Bingo. After reviewing the special characteristics of both seabirds and shorebirds it was time to dream up Seabird Superheroes! These had special powers based on their unique seabird characteristics. Kids drew such heroes as…

Day Three of Camp

24.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

A wet and wild Bering Sea morning greeted us on Wednesday. Not good weather for a three-hour field trip, even with great raingear. We made a last minute decision to switch up the schedule and go with a bunch of fun indoor activities instead. We started the day with a…

Day Two of Camp

23.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Today we had a very special opportunity to visit Anna Mel, Aqualina and all of their Unungan language learners/teachers at the St. Paul Civic Center. Through sign language, fun games and songs we all learned the Aleut words for our local seabirds.