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!
Wildlife Wednesdays are currently held monthly during the winter (October – March). Each seminar lasts for one hour and focuses on a different wildlife topic, so you’re sure to learn something new. Currently, our Wildlife Wednesday seminars are organized by our Southeast Chapter in Juneau on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 7pm at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Egan Lecture Hall. If you live outside of Juneau, stay tuned! We are working on expanding the seminar series to other areas of Alaska. Check out our calendar to see when the next seminar is planned.
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.