Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

February 28, 2014 11:41 am0 comments
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 economic shot in the arm for the Seward community during the off-season, but for the students involved it’s much more. The original written research projects that each group produces provides students the opportunity to work closely with professionals in the […]

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Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

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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 will first travel along our Alaska coast and then down to British Columbia. It will continue down to California and out to Hawaii. As of right now there is little data available to forecast whether this radioactive plume is hazardous […]

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RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm0 comments
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 field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt.  The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho […]

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Seward Vendors….

February 13, 2014 1:16 pm0 comments

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 and if your business is interested in placing any advertisements (coupons, brochures, menus, etc) in the packet please call 224-5261 for more information.  You can also drop off items at the Seward Marine Center @ 201 Railway Avenue. We are […]

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Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

February 7, 2014 9:50 am0 comments
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – February 5, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the 2014 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Following are this year’s award winners: The prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award will be posthumously awarded to Stan Stephens, who passed away on September 21, 2013. The late Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional […]

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Cooking Dried Beans and Lentils

January 10, 2014 1:43 pm0 comments

Cooking Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils A southern tradition to bring luck and prosperity in the upcoming year is to serve black eyed peas on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Whether or not you’ve recently eaten black eyed peas to honor this tradition consider serving legumes throughout the year for a healthful option at any meal. Legumes- dried beans and peas are inexpensive, tasty and good sources of protein, iron zinc, potassium and fiber. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication that includes information on cooking, combining bean with other ingredients to make a complete protein, and recipes. […]

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Houseplant Renewal

January 7, 2014 12:18 pm0 comments

Houseplant Renewal It’s a New Year and your houseplants are hoping for some help surviving the long dark winter. In addition to providing water and light Cooperative Extension Service has a FREE publication on “Air Layering to renew indoor plants” a good guide for your leggy tropical plants.  If you suspect your houseplants are suffering from pests our “Houseplant Pests and Control” is the publication for you, with identification guides and ideas for control if you find a pest. Your local Cooperative Extension Service is your year round resource for a variety of topics, visit us today at:  http://www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai/ to find this […]

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17th Annual Tsunami Bowl Needs Volunteers!

January 6, 2014 3:09 pm0 comments
17th Annual Tsunami Bowl Needs Volunteers!

The 17th Annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl will be Thursday February 27th – Sunday March 2nd 2013 and we need volunteers! The Tsunami Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans. Each year, Alaska holds a regional ocean science competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, and many others, the goal of this competition is to recognize and reward excellence among student interested in ocean studies. The ultimate […]

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Several Species of king crabs on display at Alaska SeaLife Center

December 23, 2013 4:10 pm0 comments
Several Species of king crabs on display at Alaska SeaLife Center

SEWARD, Alaska – Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB) News Flash – AKCRRAB researchers collect female crabs from the field each year to raise their young at the hatchery. One advantage is that since the female selects her mate in the wild, the larvae produced are not domesticated. AKCRRAB research biologists donated female red king crabs from Kodiak and blue king crabs from St. Matthew Island to the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in summer 2013 after the larvae hatched. The larvae were used in larval and juvenile rearing experiments, including the first experimental release in Kodiak in […]

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Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

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Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased and excited to announce that Susan Porter will be joining the team at Glacier Family to perform ultrasounds and also take x-rays. Susan has over 30 years of experience as a radiological/ultrasound technican and has lived in Seward for the past 22 years.  She was first employed by Seward General Hospital for her first 5 years in Seward and then later by Providence Seward Medical Center. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 224-8733.    

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ASLC Community Holiday Party December 5

November 27, 2013 11:53 am0 comments
ASLC Community Holiday Party December 5
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Call for Art of Conservation

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Call for Art of Conservation

 Chugach Arts Council has announced it’s upcoming projects and Calls for Art. Artists of all ages and abilities in any media are invited to submit images of their art for consideration to be published in one of several beautiful books of art featuring conservation themes. The dead line for the first 3 projects is March 15, 2014 Endangered Species Day is May 16.  The first volume featuring art of any endangered specie will be released prior to that. World Oceans Day is June 8.  We will celebrate with a book of beautiful art relating to our oceans. National Pollinator Week […]

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Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery Red King Crabs Released near Old Harbor

October 30, 2013 11:53 am0 comments
Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery Red King Crabs Released near Old Harbor

NOAA researchers achieved the first experimental release of hatchery-reared red king crabs in Alaska on September 25, 2013, to assess the importance of outstocking density on survival. The juvenile crabs, from broodstock (egged females) collected at Alitak Bay, Kodiak Island, were reared at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and transported to the NOAA Kodiak Laboratory. The release site, at Cozy Cove near the village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island, was selected because it is well sheltered with plenty of red king crab habitat. To begin the release process, researchers created 12 plots on a transect line along the shoreline […]

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Oil Spill Prevention Group Gathers in Seward

September 25, 2013 9:49 amComments Off
Oil Spill Prevention Group Gathers in Seward

The Regional Citizens Advisory Council, (RCAC) a citizen’s advisory group to the Valdez-based oil tanker shipping industry, held one of its three annual meetings in Seward last week. Seward is one of 20 member communities directly affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. While in town, the 20 board members, ex-officio board members, scientists, and shipping industry officials toured the Alaska SeaLife Center, and received an introduction to the marine facility, and participated in an Alaska seafood reception there. They also toured AVTEC’s Marine Training Center, which trains people in the shipping industry and qualifies captains and other shipping […]

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The Health of the Ocean Matters to Me

September 12, 2013 10:09 am2 comments
The Health of the Ocean Matters to Me

See what students in our Ocean Sciences Club are saying about the ocean and what it means to them in this great video they made! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjqO2ktcjvA The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Ocean Sciences Club for Seward secondary students began in September 2012, thanks to the Seward Community Foundation and Alaska Airlines Foundation. Over the course of the school year, students dug into a wide range of ocean topics — including a seabird necropsy, a comparative dissection of cephalopods, sea ice studies, Steller sea lion physiology, and other hands-on explorations. A mini-grant from NOAA provided the club with video cameras to record […]

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Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – August 2013

September 11, 2013 8:22 amComments Off

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 […]

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Job Opening at the Alaska SeaLife Center

September 3, 2013 4:19 pmComments Off
Job Opening at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Apply now this regular full time position: Education Specialist I Check out full job postings at www.alaskasealife.org  E-mail application & resume to HR@alaskasealife.org EEO/AA Employer

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Ocean Sciences Club is BACK at the Alaska SeaLife Center!

August 23, 2013 10:55 amComments Off
Ocean Sciences Club is BACK at the Alaska SeaLife Center!
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Eleanor “Ellie” the sea lion pup

August 1, 2013 3:26 pm1 comment
Eleanor “Ellie” the sea lion pup

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.

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ASLC Spot-Light on Science Seminar Series:

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ASLC Spot-Light on Science Seminar Series:

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 […]

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