Science

Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development

Statewide teleconference 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 The brain is an extremely complex organ that has to undergo a variety of developmental stages in a particular sequence and at a particular time to develop properly. What happens when the developing brain is exposed to environmental toxicants such as lead, mercury, pesticides, PCBs, or PFCs? These and […]

January 20, 2015 ·
The Alaska SeaLife Center announces the Summer of Sharks!

The Alaska SeaLife Center announces the Summer of Sharks!

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (January 15, 2015) – Science meets art as the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) brings the Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago exhibit to Seward, Alaska. The exhibit is on loan from the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) and is done in collaboration with Ray Troll. Areas around the aquarium will be […]

January 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – December 2014

December was another warmer-than-normal month in Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas. As recorded at the Seward airport, the monthly average was 5.8 degrees F above normal, the same temperature departure that was recorded in November.  Daily high temperatures were above freezing every day except one and ranged from 31 degrees F (December 26th) to 47 degrees F (December […]

January 14, 2015 ·

Applications now open for the Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program

We are dedicated to building the next generation of leaders for Alaska’s conservation movement. To that end, Alaska Center for the Environment is proud to support Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program, which connects young adults to summer internships with conservation organizations across the state. Conservation Intern Program participants dedicate their summers to gaining invaluable skills through hands-on […]

December 20, 2014 ·
Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (December 11, 2014) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is excited to announce it is currently home to a male bearded seal. Siku, named after the Inuit word for “sea ice,” is the first of his kind to reside at the Alaska SeaLife Center – in fact the first bearded seal to […]

December 11, 2014 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – November 2014

Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas experienced an unusually warm start to what is locally, though unofficially, considered early winter.  Daily high temperatures recorded at the Seward airport reached into the high 40s and low 50s the first three weeks of the month and were above freezing on all days in November except the 27th. Three new daily record […]

December 9, 2014 ·

UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Horticulture Presentations

News Release – UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Horticulture Presentations The UAF Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting interviews for the Kenai Peninsula Agriculture and Horticulture position on December 11 and 12.The public is invited to participate in the seminars presented by the candidates. The schedule is a follows: Thursday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 pm Jay Jenkins; 3:30-4:30 pm Dave […]

November 25, 2014 ·

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s “Dot” Lays Her Eggs

http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/The-Alaska-SeaLife-Centers–283657091.html When a mother is expecting it is of interest how her little ones are developing. In this case, there are thousands of them. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Giant Pacific Octopus “Dot” has laid eggs in one of the tanks in the Denizens of the Deep exhibit. Richard Hocking, Alaska SeaLife Center says, “its a species that has only been […]

November 23, 2014 ·
Changing Attitudes Towards Men’s Health

Changing Attitudes Towards Men’s Health

November is the month when we recognize the importance of men’s health, and the “Movember Stache-A-Thon” being promoted nationally and here in Seward is a great way to raise awareness around this issue. But equally important is to be aware of the many limited stereotypes and attitudes surrounding men and their health care needs that all too often fail to […]

November 23, 2014 ·
Local Student attends ANSEP Middle School Academy in Anchorage

Local Student attends ANSEP Middle School Academy in Anchorage

Press Release – ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is currently hosting 48 middle-school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, including Seward student Jack Gunter,  for its November Middle School Academy. Throughout this two-week, all-expenses-paid program, Jack will participate in team-based learning activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career fields. Middle School Academies […]

November 22, 2014 ·
New octopus mom cares for eggs

New octopus mom cares for eggs

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Dot, a mature four-year-old giant Pacific octopus collected across from the Fox Island spit more than two years ago, is being an attentive octopus mother. She’s spent the past month and a half in the upper left corner of the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at Alaska SeaLife Center, gently caring for […]

November 21, 2014 ·
Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction

Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction Accredited zoos and aquariums are saving more than 30 endangered species and the Alaska SeaLife Center Plays a Leading Role. Steller’s eider Seward, Alaska (November 17, 2014) – As American families prepare for the annual ritual of giving thanks, they can add to their […]

November 18, 2014 ·
Seward Energy Fair Today at AVTEC

Seward Energy Fair Today at AVTEC

The City of Seward and the Seward Alternative Energy Group (SAEG) is hosting their first Seward Energy Fair today, November 15, 2014. The fair will be held at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology Student Service Center from 12 to 5 pm. Key note speakers from local and statewide agencies will be reviewing energy options for businesses and home owners […]

November 15, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – October 2014

October was unusually dry with slightly above normal temperatures in the Kenai Fjords National Park area. There was no measurable precipitation at the Seward airport for two thirds of the month (20 days) leaving the total monthly precipitation far below normal. Combined with the below-normal precipitation that characterized most of the spring and summer, Seward was at a cumulative 13.2 […]

November 13, 2014 ·

Switch on to Alternative Energy at the Seward Energy Fair

The City of Seward and the Seward Alternative Energy Group (SAEG) are hosting their first Seward Energy Fair on November 15, 2014. The fair will be held at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology Student Service Center from 12 to 5 pm.  This free event is being held in order to educate and update our local community members about the […]

November 12, 2014 ·
Nominations Open for 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

Nominations Open for 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

Alaska SeaLife Center Public Service Announcement – The Alaska SeaLife Center established the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards to give recognition to those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education, and resource management in Alaska. Nominations for the 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards are open now through December 8, 2014. To be awarded at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium […]

November 8, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – September 2014

September marked the arrival of autumn in the Kenai Fjords area with relatively mild conditions including warmer than normal temperatures, slightly above-normal precipitation and no significant wind events. Daytime high temperatures remained in the 50s and 60s (degrees F) with a maximum high of 69 degrees F reached on September 7th. Nighttime lows were well above freezing on most nights, […]

November 5, 2014 ·
FREEzing Winter Wednesdays begin November 5

FREEzing Winter Wednesdays begin November 5

    Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, AK – November 3, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) invites Alaska residents to FREEzing Wednesdays. During winter months, Alaskans receive free general admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center every Wednesday, November 5, 2014 through February 25, 2015. Alaska residents must present valid I.D. for admission. Kids under 12 must […]

November 3, 2014 ·

Seward Alternative Energy Fair Art Contest

Calling All Student Artists! The Seward Alternative Energy Group announces their first Alternative Energy Art Contest. This contest is open to students K-12 and the artwork should include images and/or themes that show the residents of Seward utilizing clean energy and alternative energy resources (biomass, geothermal, “small” hydro, sun, and wind). Submissions must be on 8 ½ x 11 or […]

October 31, 2014 ·
Seeking Out Silver: A Radio Telemetry Study on the Resurrection River

Seeking Out Silver: A Radio Telemetry Study on the Resurrection River

Biologists from both Lake Clark and Kenai Fjords National Parks have nearly completed their field season investigating silver (coho) salmon in the upper Resurrection River system.  Resurrection Bay drainages produce one of the state’s largest coho salmon sport fisheries, which is supported by a combination of hatchery-reared and wild stocks.  Because wild Resurrection River coho salmon must migrate through this […]

October 23, 2014 ·
“Blood Moon” tonight

“Blood Moon” tonight

With clear skies, the second total lunar eclipse of the year should be visible from Seward.  The lunar eclipse will start at 12:45 A.M. and become total at 2:30. The eclipse will complete at 3:30 AM.. The “blood phase” will only be visible for approximately 10 minutes. What is a “blood moon”?  According to Sky and Telescope a blood moon is when, instead […]

October 7, 2014 ·