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Questions.. answers

23.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Answers to a couple of questions asked this week: How many eggs do Fulmars lay?  Fulmars lay a single white egg. How long do Least Auklets live?  7 years, on average. Do Least Auklets Breed? Yes! Seabirds, like most animals and plants, reproduce sexually. Least Auklets lay one egg in…

Foraging Skype Meeting

19.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Today we had our second seabird Skype meeting with St. Paul students. This month’s topic is seabird diet and feeding behavior.  The class has been working on their chosen seabird species accounts, and it sounds like Seabird Bingo has been popular!Below are links for the videos we looked at showing some…

Marine Important Bird Areas

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Bird Life International (a global conservation organization) has recently launched the E-Atlas of Marine Important Bird Areas. Seabirds present tricky conservation problems because many species spend their life at sea (only returning to land to breed), and some species travel vast distances across international waters. The E-Atlas of Marine Important…

How much food do puffins eat?

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

HORNED PUFFINS deliver food to their chick at the colony by holding the prey cross-wise in their bill. It’s fairly easy for scientists to catch puffins and find out what they are feeding their chick.Click here for data collected from Duck Island, a small island in Cook Inlet, in 1997, as…

What is a gizzard?

30.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Students at St. Paul have been learning about the physiology of birds by dissecting ducks brought in by a 9th grade hunter. A strange organ was found that was muscular and contained stones…. What was it?Answer: A GIZZARD The gizzard is an organ found in the digestive tract of many…

Marc Romano, Wildlife Biologist

30.10.2012 in Uncategorized

I am a Wildlife Biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I work at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which is based in Homer, Alaska. Our Wildlife Refuge is very big. It includes 2,400 islands and it covers almost 5 million acres! Because it is so big…

Skype Lesson with St. Paul

24.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Tonia Kushin has been introducing seabirds to her 6th/7th grade class over the last week. These sessions have included learning about what makes a seabird a seabird, and dissecting mallards that one of the students hunted. Ann Harding met with the class via Skype on the 12th October for the…

About the Pribilof Islands

20.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

The Pribilof Islands are a remote group of volcanic islands in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles north of Unalaska, and about 500 miles southeast from the Russian coast. There are two large inhabited islands (St. Paul and St. George), and three small outer islands (Otter Island, Walrus Island, and…

Northern Fulmar

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Northern Fulmar (Fulmaris glacialis) is an abundant seabird found in the subarctic regions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.  Although they look similar to gulls, they belong to the Procellariidae family (often called the tubenoses because of the location of their nostrils on the top of their…

Horned Puffin

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) is one of four puffin species.  Their name refers to the black fleshy “horn” above each eye. They nest in rock crevices or burrows, and lay one egg.  Their colorful yellow and red bill plates grows before the breeding season and are shed afterwards.

Least Auklet

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Least Auklet (Aethia pusilla) is a small seabird belonging to the alcid family.  A family that includes the puffins, murres, and murrelets.  Least Auklets usually live in huge colonies (often up to a million birds!).  They are highly social and very noisy. Listen to the sound of a Least…

Thick-billed Murre

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) is closely related to the Common Murre, and easily recognized by their white bill stripe.  They live in the often vast colonies on rocky cliffs, laying their single egg on a narrow, crowded ledges.  Chicks leave the colony after only a few weeks. These small…