Science

Exit Glacier retreat continues

Exit Glacier retreat continues

I  checked out Exit Glacier on Saturday, joining the many other visitors from all around the world. The glacier has retreated an astounding 264 feet since last August, in part due to a dramatic change in the outflow of water from the ice field and glacier. The toe of the […]

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming and producing seeds in unsuspecting public sites, homeowners’ gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and […]

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Late in the evening on July 26, a giant slug as long as a fireweed leaf and stout as a spruce cone mysteriously appeared cruising on the sidewalk of the 400 block of Third Avenue. The alert discoverer, Deb Kurtz, ran home, called me, came back with a container, and […]

Making strides for wildlife response:  Annual ASLC Wildlife Rescue Run fundraiser takes place Saturday, July 29. Volunteers welcome and needed!

Making strides for wildlife response: Annual ASLC Wildlife Rescue Run fundraiser takes place Saturday, July 29. Volunteers welcome and needed!

 The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is hosting the 19th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk on Saturday, July 29. The annual family-friendly race is a fundraiser to support the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been another busy year for the Program, which has received 221 distressed animal calls […]

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

The impressive, 261-foot oceanographic research ship Sikuliaq returned to Seward in early July. She is currently docked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center at the base of Third and Railway Avenue. Carol Griswold  

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Eleven days ago, the baby walrus was less than enthusiastic about feeding from a bottle. Today, he waited impatiently and watched anxiously as the Alaska Sealife Center staff prepared his bottle. It apparently took forever; he alternately drooped against the enclosure door, stood up on his hind legs for a […]

Community Project: Schoolyard Habitat

Community Project: Schoolyard Habitat

by Jenn Haugh & Kirstie Lorelei Willean- Transformation of the Seward Elementary grounds from its original landscaping, when the school first opened in 1990, to an outdoor learning environment was completed in 2016.  Perhaps you were one of the multitudes of dedicated volunteers who shared in the community Schoolyard Habitat Project. […]

baby walrus

baby walrus

What a treat to watch the orphaned baby walrus at the Alaska Sealife Center. Every day, there is something new to see. Only about two weeks old when he first arrived from Nome, he immediately learned to seek love from the 24/7 ASLC staff, cuddling against their slick rain pants. Now […]

Beachwalkers Wanted!

Beachwalkers Wanted!

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and […]

Beachwalkers and Birders Wanted

Beachwalkers and Birders Wanted

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation […]

Fishlines: News from Alaska Sea Grant

Fishlines: News from Alaska Sea Grant

Upcoming Sea Grant Events April 1–May 31: Get Your Feet Wet!, statewide online July 20–22: Engaging Alaska Youth in STEM and Community Resilience, Fairbanks August 7–11: Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators annual conference, Homer September 7–10: Rainforest Festival, Petersburg September 20–21: Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings, Anchorage October 12–13: Smoked […]