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January 14, 2015, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Loons
Though rare compared to most waterbirds in Alaska, loons are aggressive rulers of tundra lakes, sometimes battling to the death. Joel Schmutz, with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center, shares research about the three Arctic species of loons in Alaska and how they differ in size, feeding strategy, abundance, and vulnerability to conservation threats. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.
February 11, 2015, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Bats
The ecology of bats in Alaska is a mystery but biologists are beginning to shed light on the behaviors of this unique flying mammal. Join Marian Snively, Wildlife Diversity Program biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, to learn how new research and acoustic monitoring, combined with a decade of Citizen Science participation, are filling information gaps on bat distributions, roosting, migration and hibernation activities. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.
March 11, 2015, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: 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. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.
April 8, 2015, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Killer Whale Predation on Gray Whales in the Unimak Island Region
Most of the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population migrates through Unimak Pass, Alaska. Over 100 killer whales also arrive to intercept them with effects that ripple through the near-shore and terrestrial ecosystem. Craig Matkin, Executive Director for the North Gulf Oceanic Society, will discuss this interaction and how it affects the marine ecosystem. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.