Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
AMAZING NATURE: Old Harbor Summer Camp with Ocean Science
Remember those summer days at camp when so much was happening all in one week that it all became a blurr in ones head? Actually, my first summer camp on the beach was in High School and unfortunately it had nothing to do with Marine Science. The only planned activities there were soccer games, which you had to watch if you were not playing. Last week in Old Harbor kids had a very different experience. During the s...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Skates are indicators of ocean diversity
One of my favorite places to be at a low tide is the wide sandy beach that stretches from the mouth of Buskin River down to the old military roads behind Boy Scout Lake. I love the view, the seals that often stick their heads out of the waves to spy on me, and the way the dark basalt and light pumice sands create patterns and pictures on the beach. As the tide withdraws, grains of sand are set into motion, washed ...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Famine for California sea lions
The news from California are drab. Apparently, the marine mammal rescue centers are flooded with starving sea lion pups and every day more arrive. Experts and volunteers are working overtime and the Sausolito Marine Mammal Rescue Center is begging for donations to help feed the large number of undernourished and often sick pups. It started in December when the first malnourished pup was found. At five months old h...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coastal Forager: Gardener’s bane, forager’s treasure
I've always been one of those terrible romantics who finds the white feathery tops of dandelions irresistible for making wishes. I've probably single-handedly doubled their population. Long-considered a delicacy in Europe, dandelions are the dread of gardeners because of their root systems, which run up to three-feet deep. In French the sunny weeds are known as dent de lion, which translates as "lion's tooth" and ...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of reading articles about animal consciousness. Now, after hours of research on the topic and two Harvard publications later, I still can’t come up with a good answer. Can a se...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Real-life sea dragons worthy of fantasy
I have recently taken up a new hobby. I had a collection of plain wooden stools, chairs and a small table, and had the idea to paint them each with the image of a sea creature. Around the legs of the stools I usually paint ranking seaweeds and the top is the canvas for whatever sea creature I have a mind to imagine there. I am not that good an artist that I could paint anything just from memory, so I look for a pi...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Science competition team tackles ocean acidification
Once again I find myself in classrooms at Kodiak Middle School talking about ocean acidification. The causes and background, the chemistry, and the effects on shell building animals and why it all matters for us in Kodiak are topics we discuss and explore with lectures and hands-on experiments. Due to a curriculum change I get to teach about ocean acidification in two grade levels this year; last year we learned a...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Student Science takes a look at Arctic Future
Last weekend was the statewide High School Ocean Science competition called the Tsunami Bowl. The competition is an annual event organized by the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and part of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Nineteen teams from around the State travelled to cold and snowy Seward to spend three days at the High School comparing their prowess in ocean scie...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Arctic is New International Frontier
This article was not written in Kodiak. This January, I have travelled far to the West and North to Tromso, the fifth largest town in Norway, to attend a conference called “Arctic Frontiers.” Upon arrival, we were greeted by subzero temperatures and a sparse but existent snow cover. It was the week of the sun’s return, and after months of semi-darkness the sun appeared for a few minutes as a large red ball between...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marine fungi: Forgotten ferocious feeders
I will refrain from complaining about the weather; you have probably heard enough of that lately. Standing in the pouring rain I was talking to a woman the other day. She said that with all the rain she was beginning to feel like a mushroom. What a delightfully optimistic point of view. A mushroom would probably appreciate the ongoing precipitation. Mushrooms are a group within the kingdom of the fungi. While we t...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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