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Wednesday, October 9: Tundra to Tropics: Travels of the Bristle-Thighed Curlew
Learn about Alaska’s rare shorebird and its connection to national wildlife refuges in Hawaii and the Pacific. Kristine Sowl, a wildlife biologist with the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, takes you on a journey to its remote western Alaska breeding grounds and winter home on the islands and atolls of the Pacific.
Wednesday, November 13: Move Over Megafauna! Bring on Small Game in Alaska
Bears and wolves are much talked about, but how much do you know about some of Alaska’s smaller critters, like grouse, ptarmigan and snowshoe hare? Rick Merizon, a small game specialist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will provide an overview of small game species in Alaska and explore hunting opportunities for these small birds and mammals.
Wednesday, December 11: Polar Bears in a Changing Arctic Climate: The Knowns and Unknowns
Among the world’s polar bear populations, polar bears in Alaska are experiencing a dramatic loss of their sea ice habitat. Research wildlife biologist Dr. Karyn Rodes of the U.S. Geological Survey will share her recent research on how polar bears are responding.
Wednesday, January 8: Walruses and their Icy World
Learn more about Pacific walruses and their future in a changing Arctic. Dr. Patrick Lemons, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discusses the lives of these iconic Alaskan Arctic marine mammals and emerging conservation issues from climate change’s effects on sea ice.
Wednesday, February 12: Bear CAM Season 2: Anchorage Urban Bears
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will share insights and footage from the second year of a unique study of Anchorage’s urban bears. Over two summers, black bears were fitted with collars that gathered location data, plus video and sound from the bear’s perspective. What the bears recorded will educate, amuse, and amaze you!
Wednesday, March 12: Killer Marine Debris: Our Actions Make a Difference
Becoming tangled or even strangled by marine debris is a deadly problem for marine mammals. In Southeast Alaska and northern B.C., biologists documented at least 250 Steller sea lions with neck entanglements over a 12-year period. In this kid-friendly program, Sue Goodglick, a marine biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will explore the issue and how you can help.
Wednesday, April 9: Extremem Survivalists: The Evolutionary Adventure of Dall's Sheep
Discover how Dall’s sheep have developed traits and abilities over 100,000 years in Alaska that allow them to thrive in extreme alpine environments. Join wildlife biologist Gretchen Roffler of the U.S. Geological Survey to learn about recent discoveries and the future for Dall’s sheep.
For more information on this lecture series, contact Education Director Stephanie Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org.