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Switgard Duesterloh
 
Amazing Nature: Computer games teach kids ocean science
We hear it all the time: “Kids spend too much time playing computer games and don’t get out and exercise enough.” By spending less time outside and more time in the animated world, kids supposedly loose their connection with nature. These are very general statements and I am sure they contain som...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Prickly urchins, fuzzy otters
Take a lump of clay rolled into a little ball, stick in as many toothpicks as you can, then paint the whole thing green, red, white, pink or purple. What you have just created is a neat likeness of a sea urchin. In Alaska, we commonly find the green sea urchin, which occurs around the globe in co...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Underwater gardens filter harbor
On a nice spring day in Kodiak it is a delight to take a stroll along the harbor and let your gaze wander past the mountains in the distance, the breakwaters lined by sea birds and the boats gleaming in the sunshine. Strolling along the docks, you can try to see what lies beneath the surface and ...
May 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tiny animals feed the biggest ones
What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner? How about 660 pounds of shrimp? That is about the amount a grown gray whale scoops up per day. Why so much? Because the gray whales that are just now swimming past Kodiak on their northward migration have fasted for several months since they left our climes...
Apr 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sharks that swim in Kodiak waters
Whale Fest is just around the corner, and again there will be the popular shark dissection at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center. A few fifth-grade students had a sneak preview of the shark be on the table this year, a fully grown 6-foot male salmon shark caught in January in the Shelikof Strai...
Apr 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tsunami of plastic killing off sea life
If you expect an article about marine life, you’ll need to read to the end. This article is all about our oceans and the blue planet that is our home. A couple of weeks ago, the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center held a film festival. One of the films presented was a documentary called “Bag It.” It fea...
Mar 30, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: The lesser-known marine stars
Unless one is genuinely interested in the very wonders of life and its many forms, there is little reason to learn about sea stars and some of their relatives; they are not edible and there are no commercial uses for them, except perhaps as decorations in art projects. I repeat myself in describi...
Mar 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea stars: the fish that are not fish
Sea stars are once again the stars of science education in the Ocean Science Discovery Lab as Kodiak’s fifth-grade students learn about how to conduct a scientific experiment, measure and record data, make graphs and discuss their results. I have trained myself to call them “sea stars” although f...
Mar 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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