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Fourth Day of Camp

02.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Red-legged kittiwakes Today we started off camp brainstorming about the seabird breeding season. We talked about what birds do during pre-lay, incubation, chick rearing and fledging. Then in teams of two as kittiwake pairs, we acted out the breeding season in the gym. We started by building our nests, and…

Third Day of Camp

02.06.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Today was action-packed. Till, Bianca and Maurice get the early-bird award for waking up this morning in the rain. We headed over to Zapani and found new places for the five least auklet nest-boxes that had been tossed out of the rocks in the winter storm. The afternoon was all…

First Day of Camp

31.05.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

Our first official day of Seabird Camp! Everyone piled into the truck at noon, and we drove over to Zapani for more least auklet captures. The foxes were patrolling the colony, and we saw one carrying a least auklet. We caught four more birds, bringing our total caught to 11….

More Least Auklet capture

31.05.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

The day was windy, but sunny. Bianca got up early to join us for a morning least auklet capture session. We were treated to great views of sea lions feeding near the beach, and there were lots and lots of birds at the colony. The birds kept walking over our…

We made it to St. George

31.05.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps

The fog cooperated, and we made it to St. George! It’s fairly quiet here. The fur seals aren’t really around in any numbers, and there are hardly any murres on the cliffs, but the least auklets are busy at their colonies, and the kittiwakes are starting to claim their nest-sites…

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.


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…

Cross Winds on St. George

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Penair cancelled the flight because of strong cross-winds at the airstrip, so I ended up having a bonus extra two days on St. George. The younger kids and I learned all about puffins in the morning. We learned how puffins spend their year, build their nest, and share incubation and…

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…

October on St. George Island

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

After a busy week on St. Paul with Bering Sea Days, I flew over to St. George Island. Winds had been high for the last week, and so I was thankful to actually be able to land. It’s been a wonderful couple of days here. Most seabirds have gone for…

Start of Bering Sea Days

08.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Bering Sea Days has started 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, and funded by the Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association. The whole school week is dedicated to learning…