Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: Helping hands and hearts bring hope
Some days writing a column about marine life around Kodiak Island is easy. After all, we live in what I believe is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and the ocean around us is full of wonders. On other days it is very difficult, not because the ocean is any less full of wonders but bec...
Nov 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Common murres anything but common
At the intersection of Upper Mill Bay Road and Rezanof are two lanes for cars; one to turn left towards Mill Bay Beach and one to go straight or turn right towards town. Sometimes, when two cars are pulled up at the same time, the drivers inadvertently look at each other as they are trying to pee...
Nov 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Ghost Shrimp not the only Boohoo
When walking the neighborhood I see scary pumpkin faces, hedges covered in spider webs and in one front yard is a dragon that beats its wings and scares my dog into barking at it every time we walk by. Halloween time brings to mind topics like vampire squids or skeleton shrimp. However, on my min...
Oct 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: The Plastic Plight of Seabirds
What I love about science and nature is that there is always something new to discover and learn about. Unfortunately, very often the news are not good news. Sometimes, the news seem so sad, the problems so large and overwhelming that I struggle how to discuss them with my students without leavin...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Kodiak sea level not rising
Global climate change will cause sea levels to rise. We have heard this warning for years and some countries, and states in the lower 48 have acted to secure their coast lines in response to it. However, here in Kodiak that is not really at the top of our list of concerns. According to a NOAA web...
Sep 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: The Warmest North Pacific Ocean in recorded History
It has been a thoroughly enjoyable summer in Kodiak. Every time a rainy day shooed me inside I thought that it would stay that way for a while only to be surprised to see the weather clear and warm up yet again for another spell of sunshine. I remember one of my first summers in Kodiak when I won...
Sep 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Climate changes witnessed firsthand by experienced sailors
We can study climate change and look at convincing data collections of changing sea surface temperatures and we think that we get it. Most of us know that one of the effects are stronger and more frequent storms and changes in wind patterns. However, while I don’t doubt this information to be tru...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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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, wh...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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