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Seabird Camp Day Four

27.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

We started another big day at Seabird Camp with a presentation on “Seabird Capture: How and Why. “ Some of the students, including Chauncey and Ethan, were eager to tell the class about their own experiences working with scientists to capture seabirds.  All of the kids enjoyed seeing pictures of…

Seabird Camp Day Three

25.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Day three of Seabird Camp started in the microscopic world as we looked at slides of zooplankton. Some kids had studied plankton the night before and found it so interesting that we decided everyone should get a chance to glimpse the wonderful world of tiny creatures. St. Paul Tribal Government’s…

Seabird Camp Day Two

25.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Thirty three kids packed the science room as Kendra started the day by talking about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and what it does on the Pribilofs and across the country.  All the kids will now tell you that a wildlife refuge is “a place where WILDLIFE COMES FIRST!” …

Seabird Camp Day One

24.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird camp on St. Paul started with a bang! Teams of campers raced to collect all of the things that seabirds need to raise a chick. The successful parents found space, food, water, shelter, an egg, and a chick. Campers tested their knowledge with a “Who wants to be a…

Contaminant Research

23.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Veronica Padula and Misty Libby from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) are on St. Paul this summer studying contaminants in birds. Chauncey (one of our Seabird Camp interns) has been assisting them with some of the field work, and Veronica and Misty are also helping out with Seabird Camp…

Momentum is building

20.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

Count Down:  Only two days until the start of Seabird Camp! Preparations have been rolling along here on St. Paul. We continued to build paper mache masks and props for our plays.  It has been quite the workshop down at the school, with kids dropping by to help out.  Marjorie…


17.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

St. Paul Seabird Camp starts next week, and students and leaders are busy preparing.  The two interns have started work, and Ram and students have been busy doing prep-work on costumes for a seabird theatre production planned for the end of camp. We’ll be posting daily updates during camp, but…

Seabirds at sea

28.04.2015 in Education

Catherine looking for seabirds near the ice, photo by Alex Andrews   Why study seabirds at sea? Catherine Pham is a student at Hawai’i Pacific University. She studies seabirds, but with a special twist… Catherine does all her research from a boat, trying to figure out what seabirds are up…

Invasive Species

19.04.2015 in Education

Least Auklet and Rat (above) © Ian Jones   What is an invasive species? An introduced species, also called an alien or exotic species, is any species not native (or original) to an ecosystem. An introduced species that significantly changes or disrupts an ecosystem and presents a threat to the…

Seabird Migration

10.03.2015 in Education

We hear that Miss. Kushin’s class is learning about migration this week: butterflies; mammals, birds… Don’t forget about Seabirds! Seabirds return to land to build nests, lay eggs and raise their chicks. For those breeding on the Pribilofs this only takes a few months. These birds then spend the rest…

Cold Feet?

02.03.2015 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Miron, a student on St. Paul Island, asks, “Why don’t kittiwakes get frostbite on their feet if their legs and feet are in the cold water all the time?”

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.

Meet the Team

21.01.2015 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Instead of working independently and alone, it is more and more common for a group of scientists to work together to figure out answers to a question they are all interested in. Working together on a project like this is also called ‘collaboration’.

Red-legged Kittiwake Behavior

17.11.2014 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

The Pribilof Islands are an important site for many seabird species, including 70% of the world’s red-legged kittiwake population. The Refuge’s annual seabird monitoring program provides essential information about population size and how many chicks are raised each summer. Other researchers come to the islands

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…

Yellow-billed Loons

07.10.2014 in Education

The Colville River Teen Video Crew (left to right): Sam Bernitz (Anchorage), Sam Tocktoo (Shishmaref), and Andrew Kennedy (Fairbanks). The trio wrapped up filming yellow-billed loons last week at the Helmericks homestead on the Colville River Delta after an earlier stint, last June, at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.  

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…