Photo generously donated by Janet Pierce from Eagle River, AK
Knowledge is power, and we believe in the power of people.
Alaska boasts the most diverse array of wildlife species in the country, and we want to share these wonders with you. Our initiatives educate communities on wildlife issues across the state so they may be better equipped to enjoy and protect them.
In this era of social media and everything being online, it’s easy to forget we’re all real people. Here at AWA, we like to meet our members and say hello and thank you. Some events are targeted at education, some are focused on advocacy, and others may be fundraisers. If we’re lucky, we can plan an event that has all three components. Unless specifically noted, all of our events are open to the public, whether you are an AWA member or not (but we’d love for you to join us!). So, grab a friend or family member and check out our calendar of events to see when our next activity is planned. We’ll see you there!
Learning about wildlife is the first step in protecting it, and at our free Wildlife Wednesday presentations you’re sure to learn something new! These free events start with a short presentation from a wildlife expert and are followed by a period of Q & A. Every Wednesday features a different wildlife topic, so there’s always something for everyone! Currently, we host Wildlife Wednesdays in Anchorage and Juneau.
January 16: Wildlife CSI with Kathy Burek, Owner of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services
February 20: Sea Otters with Dan Monson, USGS Research Wildlife Biologist
March 20: Status on the Recovery and Restoration Efforts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill with Shiway Wang, Science Coordinator at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council
April 17: Polar Bears with Jim Wilder, Supervisory Biologist at USFWS
May 15: Collaborative Approaches to Collection of Environmental Research Data in the Arctic with Caryn Rea, Retired Senior Science Advisor at Conocophillips Alaska
June 19: The Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-ID Project—Highlights from a Long-Term Study with Dr. Tamara McGuire, Wildlife Biologist at Aqua Wildlife Research
Juneau: First Wednesday of the winter months (October-March) from 7pm to 8 pm at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Egan Lecture Hall, 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801. Refreshments are provided!
January 2: National Science Foundation- US Antarctic Progress and Weddell Seals with Rachel Berngartt
February 6: Salmon-Supported Bears, Seed Dispersal, and Small Mammals with Yasaman Shakeri
March 6: Carnivore Ecology with Kaija Klauder
Visit our calendar for more information!
Developing Citizen Science Opportunities
It’s one thing to read about wildlife science and management activities, but how about getting to actually participate in a science project studying Alaska’s wildlife?
In 2018, AWA partnered with NOAA Fisheries and others in the second annual Belugas Count! event, held September 15, 2018. This all-day citizen science celebration brought together members of the public to study and learn about the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, while fostering local pride, awareness, and stewardship. It was a collaboration among a variety of federal and state agencies, local and national organizations, as well as individuals. AWA staffed the beluga whale viewing and counting station located at the Kenai River, and was lucky enough to spot 14 of these endangered whales! AWA plans to partner again during the 2019 event. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in next year’s Belugas Count! event.
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is organizing opportunities to involve our members in existing or new citizen science programs. It’s just one more way we are empowering you to learn about and protect Alaska’s wildlife. Check back in with us to see the status of these efforts.