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Switgard Duesterloh
 
AMAZING NATURE: Same and different on North Sea island
Summertime is often a time to travel. I just returned from a trip to my native country, Germany. After many days of visiting family and friends and eating bread and cheese, locally grown fresh asparagus and fresh strawberries, I was ready for a little adventure on my own. Linking the trip to more...
Jun 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Worms in fish normal, better not eaten
The first wave of herring that came to feast outside of cannery row this spring were big and beautiful. The resident sea lions had their own feast eating those herring and some of the fishermen jigged up the silvery fish for bait. When I was out on a boat trip with a few students from Anchorage a...
Jun 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Velellae go wherever the wind takes them
Spring is here. There are many signs of it and it seems that every person I talk to enjoys a different little delight of spring. Yesterday, I spotted the first blooms of coastal anemones and a tiny violet on the side of Pillar Mountain, and a couple of days ago out on the water the first puffins ...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Dilution not solution to pollution
Today I was asked a question that I continue to ponder. Someone was looking for a speaker to explain to a class why pollution is a problem in the ocean environment. At first it seemed like this was so obvious that it hardly needs discussing, but as I thought about it more and more, it became clea...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea creatures eat and get eaten
Over the last couple of weeks 103 Kodiak third-grade students have come to the Ocean Science Discovery Lab to learn about Ocean Food Webs. The sea lion eats the salmon, which eats the young herring, which eats the copepods, which eat the phytoplankton, which need sunlight and nutrients to grow. A...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Spring spawning for ‘sea hedgehogs’
They used to be called sea hedgehogs, their scientific name is Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, but most people just call them green sea urchins. In Alaska, there are three species of sea urchins I know of: the green sea urchin, the red sea urchin and the white sea urchin. The most common is th...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Embracing coastal resilience
Resilience is the ability of a community to bounce back after a natural or manmade disaster. These or similar words were the opening of many of the presentations students from 16 high school teams from around Alaska prepared for the 19th annual Alaska Tsunami National Ocean Science Bowl. The comp...
Mar 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Plastic in oceans causing health disruption
If I offered you something to eat and told you it could disrupt your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood, would you thankfully accept, enjoy and share with your kids? I think most of us would say we would rather not poison our bodies ...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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