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August saw Kenai Fjords’ temperatures return to normal and provided plenty of rain to ensure that, as is the fate of many good things, the lovely weather of summer 2013 had come to an end. After two months of above-average monthly temperatures, the monthly average temperature for August precisely equaled the 30-year average for the month, calculated from temperatures ranging from 44-69 degrees F at the Seward airport. Considering the season as a whole, the Kenai Fjords area received more precipitation than normal this summer (see the monthly precipitation graph located in the next section of this report). From May-August […]Read more ›
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The staff of the Alaska SeaLife Center are pleased to announce the name of Woody and Eden’s pup. Please join us on Sunday, August 4th, when “Ellie” will make her debut in the Steller sea lion habitat at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Animal Care staff will be available at 1PM and 3PM on Sunday to answer any questions. Also, please visit www.simpleregistry.com/sslpup/ to see how you can be involved in contributing to her needs.Read more ›
Eider Journey Science Program, USFWS Barrow, Alaska Student Field Research Presentation Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12-1pm (Brown Bag Lunch) Alaska SeaLife Center, Bear Mt. Conference Room Free Seminar, All are welcome! The Eider Journey Science Program involves youth from Barrow, Alaska in field research and outreach related to Steller’s and spectacled eiders. Both species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the coastal tundra near Barrow is the only known area in Alaska where Steller’s eiders nest regularly. The five participants in the 2013 Eider Journey Science Program will be in Seward on August 5th and 6th to visit […]Read more ›
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2013 Contact: Judy Heilman, Chuitna Citizens Coalition, 907.583.2277 Bob Shavelson, Cook Inletkeeper, 907.299.3277 Parnell Administration: Alaska’s Salmon Streams open for Coal Mining State denies wild salmon stream protections ANCHORAGE — Governor Parnell and the Alaska Department of Natural Resource rejected a petition on Friday filed by local citizens seeking to protect wild Alaska salmon streams from coal strip mining in Upper Cook Inlet. “This is a horrible precedent for Alaska wild salmon and the countless families they support. PacRim Coal’s mining plans would remove miles and miles of wild Alaska salmon streams to a depth of over 300 feet,” said Judy […]Read more ›
Kenai Fjords Seabird Research: Common Murre and Black-legged Kittiwake Productivity and Coastal Sea Duck Surveys Seminar Speakers: Sadie E.G. Ulman and Sarah Tanedo Thursday, July 25th, 2013 12-1pm (Brown Bag Lunch) Bear Mt. Conference Room, Alaska SeaLife Center (Free Seminar, everyone welcome!) Join us to learn about several on-going research projects involving seabirds in the Kenai Fjords area. Find out how researchers use live video and still-images to monitor productivity, and coastal boat surveys to study distribution and abundance of sea ducks.Read more ›
Kenai Fjords National Park News Release July 16, 2013 For Immediate Release Sharon Kim, 907-422-0546 Dr. Truffer to Give Presentation on Ice Thickness of the Harding Icefield Have you ever wondered how thick the ice is on the Harding Icefield? Join Kenai Fjords National Park in welcoming Dr. Martin Truffer from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to Seward on Monday, July 22nd. Dr. Truffer has been conducting research on the ice thickness of the Harding Icefield using a variety of techniques, both land- and air-based. He will be giving a presentation of his results titled, “How deep […]Read more ›
The young campers who attended the four-week DaVinci summer day camp last month, sponsored by the Seward Boys and Girls Club, connected both to their own artistic abilities and powers of observation, and to the wonders of nature. They learned more about the scientific processes at work in the natural environment, and also took direct action to promote and protect it. Camp attendance averaged 22 campers per week, with over one hundred hours of art and science activities provided by Bob Stark and Justine Pechuzal. As “Planet Protectors,” the camp’s main theme, they planted a garden from seeds, which they […]Read more ›
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Like silver dollars gushing from a slot machine jackpot, over 131,000 year-old King salmon smolt poured into the Lagoon today. The salmon fry were raised at the new Alaska Department of Fish and Game William Jack Hernandez Sports Fish Hatchery and trucked down from Anchorage in four 500 and two 750 gallon tanks. The predation began almost immediately as the gulls found out about the unexpected bonanza. When the survivors return from their journey around the North Pacific, generally in 3 to 4 years, they will weigh between 25 and 45#. ADFG also stocked Coho (Silver) smolt earlier this month. […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Some 16 ocean gyre expedition team members will gather in Seward later this week for a week-long research expedition aboard the R/V Norseman, beginning June 6th, to explore the impact of marine debris on various ecosystems. Together, the crew will explore, interpret, and collect the debris they find on beaches and in the ocean waters of Resurrection Bay, Gore Point, Shuyak Island and Afognak Island near Kodiak, Katmai National Park. The artists will make the marine debris collected along the way into artwork for an upcoming exhibition. The expedition and art exhibit is the brainchild […]Read more ›
Seward, AK – May 20, 2013 – A new exhibit will open on June 8 at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The exhibit, a 21-foot fishing boat which sits within a harbor scene, will highlight the importance and successes of sustainably managing Alaska’s fisheries. The grand opening will happen in conjunction with other scheduled activities and events at the Center to celebrate World Oceans Day. This boat replaces an older model that was popular with visitors of all ages, but still features an interactive cabin where families can “drive” the boat and listen to pre-recorded radio calls between other […]Read more ›
April 24 Teleconference – PFCs in the Arctic: Sources, Transport, and Health Effects for Fish, Wildlife, and People
Statewide teleconference, Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pefluorinated compounds (PFCs) are synthetic chemicals used to make materials stain- and stick- resistant. They can be found in non-stick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging, water-resistant outerwear and shoes, stain-resistant home furnishings and other household products. PFCs are persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in the bodies of fish, wildlife, and people and have been linked to adverse health effects, including reproductive and developmental effects, endocrine disruption and certain cancers. PRESENTERS: Craig Butt, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD, Executive Director […]Read more ›
Questions Contact: Deb Bond, Director Seward Boys & Girls Club PO Box 247 Seward, AK 99664 907-224-7001 907-224-7077 (Fax) DBond@positiveplaceforkids.comRead more ›
Monday, April 22, 2013 is Earth Day! Join us for a seminar by our very own Conservation Department staff members. Monday, April 22, 2013 12-1pm (Brown Bag Lunch) Alaska SeaLife Center, Bear Mountain Conference Room Learn about our brand new citizen science websites and June’s GYRE project: We’ve just launched two new citizen science websites: Alaska Corps of Coastal Observers(AkCCO) and BioMap Alaska. They’re aimed at helping Alaska gather data about coastal processes and animal sightings in all corners of the state. Learn about how we’re involving citizens and what we hope the collected data can do for coastal communities and the […]Read more ›
AVTEC is accepting applications for two $2,000 scholarships funded by Crowley Maritime Corp. for Alaska Native stu…dents. The scholarships are for students who will attend AVTEC’s Able-Bodied Mariner Training Program in Seward. Scholarship winners will be able to use the awards for the next AB mariner training program “The Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships will recognize students who demonstrate achievement and leadership ability to successfully pursue careers in the towing industry,” AVTEC Director Fred Esposito said. “With this support, Crowley Maritime is helping train a local workforce for Alaska’s maritime industry.” Candidates eligible for the scholarship must be Alaska […]Read more ›
February was generally characterized by above normal temperatures and just slightly below normal precipitation. Although there was less monthly precipitation than the 30-year average, a trace or more of precipitation was recorded at the Seward airport 79% of days (22 out of 28 days). Winds were relatively calm with a monthly average wind speed of 7.3 mph. Over the course of the month, snowpack at Exit Glacier increased 20.1 inches; length of day increased by 2 hours and 16 minutes. As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation for the month was 5.67 inches (94% of normal), .38 inches below […]Read more ›
The New Year brought a change in winter weather as the cold, dry conditions experienced in early winter shifted to warmer, wetter conditions at the end of December and lasted throughout most of January. January’s slightly warmer than normal temperatures and precipitation combined to result in wet snow, sleet, and rain for most of the month. A short respite arrived with high pressure during the last week of the month when temperatures plummeted and precipitation ceased. Despite above average monthly precipitation, the warmer conditions in January prevented the accumulation of any fluffy snow and the month ended with Kenai Fjords […]Read more ›