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Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – July 2014

July 2014 proved to be another warmer-than-normal and drier-than-normal-month in the Kenai Fjords area. Daily high temperatures ranged from 60 degrees F to 76 degrees F with a total of five days above 70 degrees F. Measurable precipitation was recorded on 12 days with more than half the total rainfall occurring on one day, July 9th. Winds were relatively calm […]

by · August 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·

July 30 Teleconference – Aamjiwnaang: A culture in shock with Ron Plain

Wednesday, July 30, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Join this free one-hour teleconference to hear how residents of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, an Aanishinaabek community located near Canada’s “Chemical Valley” near Sarnia, Ontario have been exposed to a range of harmful pollutants from the 63 petrochemical refineries that surround it. The community has an alarmingly low number of baby boys being […]

by · July 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Artist Ray Troll to Receive Ocean Ambassador Award

Artist Ray Troll to Receive Ocean Ambassador Award

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release -  Seward, AK – July 23, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce Alaskan artist Ray Troll as recipient of the 2014 Ocean Ambassador Award as part of the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Ocean Ambassador Award was created to recognize an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Art Of Pollination

Art Of Pollination

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Chugach Arts Council has published its 2nd annual edition of a  beautiful book of art.  Artists from around Alaska and the U.S. contributed to make this a stunning tribute to one of our most valuable and fascinating resources, our pollinators.  Art can inspire and  inform as well as illustrate.  Conservation and awareness are key […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
16th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run Supports Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program

16th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run Supports Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, AK – July 23, 2014 –The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting its 16th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run/Walk on Saturday, August 2. The fundraiser supports the rescue and rehabilitation mission of the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been a busy year for the stranding program, admitting one spotted seal, two sea otter […]

by · July 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At a press conference held in Anchorage on July 17, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Global Community Monitoring released results of a 1.5-year-long, airborne dust sampling and analysis effort. Key findings from the 15-page report “Coal Dust in Alaska: Hazards to Public Health” by Heidi Zimmer 2014, include that […]

by · July 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Opportunity to see Sea Otters at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Opportunity to see Sea Otters at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release  Seward, AK – July 17, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is currently caring for three young adult sea otters rescued through its Wildlife Response Program. All three otters were rescued from Homer, AK on separate dates: MoJoe in June 2010, Agnes in April 2013, and Aurora in September 2013. All were originally stranded […]

by · July 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – May 2014

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions persisted throughout the month of May providing an early start to the upcoming summer season. Both daytime and nighttime average monthly temperatures were above normal for the month and resulted in a new record high average monthly temperature of 50.9 degrees F, exceeding the previous record high May temperature of 50.6 degrees F set in […]

by · June 27, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Fukushima: A View from the Ocean with Ken Buesseler (Teleconference)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM More than three years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan, questions remain about how much radioactive material has been released and how widely and quickly it is dispersing across the Pacific Ocean. Join Ken Buesseler, director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at the Woods Hole […]

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Art of Conservation, Our Oceans

Art of Conservation, Our Oceans

Just in time for World Oceans Day, Chugach Arts Council has published a beautiful book of art.  Artists from around Alaska and the U.S. contributed to make this a stunning tribute to one of our most spectacular and vibrant resources, the oceans.  Art can inspire and  inform as well as illustrate.  Conservation and awareness are key to protecting the  vitality […]

by · June 5, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Finding Bethany, author Glen Klinkhart book signing June 6

Finding Bethany, author Glen Klinkhart book signing June 6

Adults and teens are invited to complete their June 6 First Friday art walk at the Seward Community Library Museum, where author and former Anchorage Police Department Detective Glen Klinkhart will lead a short discussion about his new true crime memoir, “Finding Bethany.” A book signing will follow. Friends of the Library members can get early access to the author […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – April 2014

If there’s anything we learned from last month, it’s that we don’t always need April showers to bring May flowers, especially when there is little to no snow remaining on the ground. The dry spell that began in February continued through April with little precipitation recorded at the Seward airport. Without any late-season snowstorms to contribute to an already thin […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Glen Klinkhart booking signing with Q&A, June 6

Glen Klinkhart booking signing with Q&A, June 6

Adults and teens are invited to complete their June 6 First Friday art walk at the Seward Community Library Museum, where author and former Anchorage Police Department Detective Glen Klinkhart will lead a short discussion about his new true crime memoir, “Finding Bethany.” A book signing will follow. Friends of the Library members can get early access to the author […]

by · May 28, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·

Teachers, Students, & Other Educators: An Opportunity for Partnering in an Ongoing or New Education Program!

Teachers, Students, and Other Educators: An Opportunity for Partnering in an Ongoing or New Education Program! As the new Prince William Sound RCAC outreach coordinator, it is my pleasure announce our Fall 2014 Announcement for educators interested in partnering with the Council on a new or ongoing program. Funding through this RFP can assist with educational projects about the Council and topics […]

by · May 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On Friday the 23, two hefty trucks from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Wm. Jack Hernandez fish hatchery lumbered up to the Seward Lagoon and released their shimmering cargo of 95,000 quite lively coho salmon smolts into the brackish water. Those that survive north Pacific rigors will return as adults in August […]

by · May 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Admits First Stranded Seal of 2014

Alaska SeaLife Center Admits First Stranded Seal of 2014

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release -  Seward, AK – May 13, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has admitted its first stranded marine mammal of 2014, a one-week-old spotted seal pup from Clark’s Point in Bristol Bay. A local resident picked up the female pup on April 30 after searching the area for other seals and receiving authorization for […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Earthquake: Magnitude 5.5, Near Ninilchik

An earthquake with a magnitude of  5.5,  53 miles NW of Homer, Alaska, occurred at 6:16 AM this morning: Source: Alaska Earthquake Center. A tsunami warning has not been issued at this time: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

by · May 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – During its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in March, engineers discovered that Research Vessel Sikuliaq had lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit. According to Sikuliaq Project Manager Daniel Oliver, the fix will require re-engineering the suction system whereby the vessel circulates and cools lubrication oil in its sophisticated Z-drive propulsion […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Backcountry Camera Exposes Coastal Predator

SEWARD, Alaska – Researchers at Kenai Fjords National Park captured this sequence of events with a time-lapse camera at a Black Oystercatcher nest during the summer of 2013.  They are studying the productivity and chick-rearing habits of these shorebirds.

by · March 24, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

Thank you everyone in Seward who has taken an interest and generously helped out with the Fukushima Project. The project has received a lot of attention and interest about the well being of Resurrection Bay. So far, over half of the funding necessary has been raised for the proposed water sampling analysis. In addition, several new Alaska communities have decided […]

by · March 23, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – February 2014

The Kenai Fjords area saw a return to more typical temperatures in February when the average monthly temperature dropped below freezing, yet remained slightly above the 30-year normal (1981-2010) for the month. Precipitation amounts dried up significantly from the previous month. While January received 150% of normal precipitation, February received only 10% of normal. The little measurable precipitation that was […]

by · March 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Eighteen teams are competing today, Friday Feb 28th through the weekend at the 17th Annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. About 200 people are expected to attend, with another hundred volunteering to help out at the event in jobs such as timing, judging, scoring, cooking, creating art-work, and much more.  It’ll be a quick […]

by · February 28, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

A report from the American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences Section, was released earlier this week. Current findings show that water-borne plume of “radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster may reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks”. The cesium-134 laced fallout has steadily made its way across the Pacific Ocean via the Kuroshio current. Once it reaches North America, the plume […]

by · February 28, 2014 · 9 comments ·
RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek.  Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this.  Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G […]

by · February 20, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·

Seward Vendors….

The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted by UAF SFOS Seward Marine Center will be held between Feb 28-March 2. ALL 150+ participants, coaches, visitors, chaperones etc will be on their own for lunch on Friday Feb 28th, and throughout the weekend have opportunity to venture into our town.  We always put together a welcome packet for all participants […]

by · February 13, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·