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03.07.2014 in 2014 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Ram and Trevor have made safely to St. Paul, and everyone is busy preparing for Seabird Camp.  On their first day, they attended a “Kids Don’t Float” safety training. It was a very well attended event organized by the Pribilof Islands Aleut Communities of St. Paul. Over 20 kids took…

How many birds?

11.06.2014 in Education

It’s a POPULATION COUNT YEAR on the Pribilof Islands.   What is a “Population Count Year”? The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) counts the number of seabirds breeding on both St. Paul and St. George Island every three years. 2014 is one of those years.   Why do we count…

Marine Debris

09.06.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

“Ophelia” octopus created out of marine debris by Kodiak High School students.   One of the main focuses for the 2014 summer Seabird Camp on St. Paul Island is Marine Debris. We’re going to be doing a beach clean up, conduct an experiment looking at the degradation of plastic in…

Don’t Throw it!

09.06.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

“Stow it-don’t throw it” is a youth debris and ocean conservation program dedicated to protect marine environments. As part of this cool project, youth make recycling bins for used monofilament fishing line. READ MORE One of the main focuses for Seabird Camp 2014 is Marine Debris.  We’ll be learning about…

Pribilof Debris

09.06.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

Is there marine debris on the Pribilof Islands? YES! The main risks of marine debris on the Pribilof Islands are the ingestion of small plastic particles by birds and marine mammals and the entanglement of fur seals. Seals can become entangled in trawl net webbing, plastic packing materials, and monofilament…


21.05.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

We took blood samples from least auklets caught during Seabird Summer Camp last year. These blood samples were spun (using a centrifuge) to separate the plasma from the red blood cells, and frozen plasma samples were sent to Dr. Sasha Kitaysky at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) for analysis…


19.04.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

The Least Auklet diet sample analysis has been completed by Chris Stark, and we now have the results in the form of data. WHAT DO THE DATA LOOK LIKE? Data are stored in cells in a worksheet using a computer program like excel. The worksheet looks like a grid, with…


19.04.2014 in Education, Uncategorized

Remember? …. We collected Least Auklet chick diet samples for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife. during last summer’s Seabird Camps. QUICK RECAP: Why did we collect the diet samples? Diet data collected over many years can help tell us about changes in the marine environment. Different zooplankton species are…

Symposium Day 4

03.02.2014 in Uncategorized

By Destiny Kushin and Carley Bourdukofsky We spent the morning visiting Veronica Padula and Doug Causey in their lab at the University of Alaska (UAA). At the lab, we helped examine bird stomachs.  Each student received a 
stomach sample, washed the contents into a beaker, and sorted organic from 
inorganic matter…

Symposium Day 3

02.02.2014 in Uncategorized

We spent the morning at the Anchorage museum imaginarium.  Our favorite things were the bubble-makers and learning how hot air balloons work.  After lunch we went back to the conference and heard some great talks about seabirds. We learned how important it is for researchers to test the impact of…

Symposium Day 2

01.02.2014 in Uncategorized

By Carley Bourdukofsky On January 21, 2014, we went to the Campbell Creek Science Center and learned about moose, foxes, chickadees, owls, beavers, etc. After learning about the animals we got ready to go snowshoeing for a couple of miles. During the Snowshoeing we played a 5 senses game and…

Symposium Day 1

28.01.2014 in Uncategorized

By Carmen Philemonoff The first thing we did Monday morning was get up at 7:00 a.m and eat breakfast. After we ate breakfast Ann Harding met us in our hotel room, and she brought along our Sea Bird Youth Network posters. We practiced saying our parts for about an hour…

Alaska Marine Science Symposium

28.01.2014 in Uncategorized

After two cancelled plane trips due to bad weather, Tonia Kushin and the four students (Sonia Merculief, Carley Bourdukofsky, Destiny Kushin, and Carmen Philemonoff) made it off the Pribilof Islands and into Anchorage in time for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  This week-long scientific conference focusses on research in marine regions off…

St. Paul Students

25.11.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education

Four students were chosen to present their poster at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in January. Each student was asked what they would share about their home with folk in Anchorage. Here are the responses of the three winners from St. Paul. Sonia Merculief (8th grader) Carley Bourdukofsky (6th grader)…

Four Students

21.11.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Four students from the Pribilof Islands will be traveling to Anchorage in January to present a poster on the Seabird Youth Network at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  Interested students completed a competition to attend the conference.  There were many great entries, and it was a hard choice for judge Jordan…

Bering Sea Days

13.10.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Bering Sea Days is an annual program developed by the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government and the school at St. Paul.  The week is devoted to science in the place where the kids live, with students of all ages learning about career routes and research projects from…

Distance Dissection

27.09.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

Veronica Padula is a graduate student at UAA (University of Alaska, Anchorage), studying how plastic pollution affects seabirds in Alaska. Veronica has SKYPED with Pribilof students a couple times over the course of last school year, and has been a great resource for us to learn more about marine pollution. Last week,…

Conference competition

13.09.2013 in Uncategorized

The Alaska Marine Science Symposium is taking place in Anchorage, in January 2013.  We have funding from the North Pacific Research Board for four students to attend the conference and present a poster and the project videos. Two students will be chosen from each island based on their answers to…


13.09.2013 in Uncategorized

A scientific abstract summarizes research papers in a way that helps other researchers decide whether the study would be interesting or helpful to their own work. Abstracts include a title, the author’s names and affiliations (where they work), and the main findings of the study.Researchers also submit talk or poster…


05.09.2013 in Education, Uncategorized

The Alaska Sealife Center has a new virtual field trip to learn about sea ice the Bering Sea.  Check it out. 

Day Four

03.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

St. Paul:  The group started the day by studying Tonia’s insect collection, then Ram gave a slideshow on currently blooming wildflowers.  Students worked on plant ID worksheets and then had a field trip to Lake Hill. A group of several Penn State botanists and paleontologists talked about plants and volcanic…

Day Five

03.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

Last Day of Camp.  THANK YOU everyone who has made this week happen.  It’s been an amazing team effort and alot of fun. St. Paul– Today we finished our plant guides to flowers of St. Paul’s Lake Hill area.  Special guest Greg Fratis Sr. then came to tell us about hunting…

Day Three

01.08.2013 in 2013 Seabird Camps, Education, Uncategorized

St. George- Today we have been busy bees working on our movie (the very little kids had the day off camp). We edited and recorded this morning to make the finishing touches of what we had started yesterday evening. Dani, Jaylen, Ashley, and Carmen all recorded the narration for the movie….