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Anchorage

  • March 8, 7–8 pm
    Wildlife Wednesdays: Where have all the kings gone?
    Sponsored by the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Geographic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. The Alaska Zoo is located at 4731 O'Malley Road. Talk Description: Declines of king salmon populations across Alaska since 2007 are perplexing scientists and concerning Alaskans who treasure their iconic salmon. Bill Templin, a fisheries scientist and geneticist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will talk about a research project that investigated Chinook salmon stocks across Alaska to help understand what might be causing this downturn, and what may reverse the trend.
  • March 25, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
    Electric Fencing to Deter Bears
    Alaska Mill, Feed & Garden Center. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Tony Carnahan will teach livestock owners the basics of setting up electric fencing to deter bears. View videos on how to set up an electric fence at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livingwithbears.bearfences. No cost; free. 
     
  • March 30 – April 2
    Bear Aware Scavenger Hunt at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show
    Come have fun learning about bear safety at the annual bear aware scavenger hunt, hosted by the BLM, ADF&G and other Anchorage Bear Committee partners. The scavenger hunt is open throughout the show, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Sullivan and Ben Boecke Arenas in Anchorage. For more about show hours, visit http://greatalaskasportsmanshow.com/. 
  • April 12, 7–8 pm
    Wildlife Wednesdays: Working for Healthy Alaska Wildlife
    Sponsored by the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Geographic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. The Alaska Zoo is located at 4731 O'Malley Road. Talk Description: Have you ever wanted to be a wildlife veterinarian, or wondered what they did? If so, please join Dr. Bob Gerlach, the Alaska State Veterinarian, to learn how he monitors the health of Alaska’s wildlife, and is keeping an eye out for diseases that could be passed to people.
  • April 25, 6 – 7:30 pm
    Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI
    REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
  • May 11, 6 – 7:30 pm
    Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI
    REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
  • May 14, 12 pm – 4 pm
    Bear Aware Day at the Alaska Zoo
    Alaska Zoo. Fun and educational Bear Awareness event for all ages. Learn how to live and recreate safely in bear country and watch as the Alaska Zoo's bears try to open bear-resistant trash cans! Hosted by the Zoo, ADF&G and other members of the Anchorage Bear Committee Education Group.Regular Zoo admission applies; mothers get in free for Mother's Day.
  • May 31, 7 pm
    Bear Aware for Families
    Campbell Creek Science Center. Hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee Education Group. Geared for families with children. Learn to use bear spray. Free; open to the public.
  • June 3, 11 am – 4 pm
    Potter Marsh Discovery Day
    Potter Marsh boardwalk, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. Discover Potter Marsh and some of Alaska’s wildlife at Anchorage’s most popular wildlife viewing area. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, fly and spin casting practice, and more. 

    Additional Information

    2880 East 154th Avenue, Anchorage, AK; located at Mile 117 along the Seward Highway approximately 10 miles south of Downtown Anchorage (approximately 1/2 mile south of the Rabbit Creek Road exit and across from the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range).

  • June 15, 6 – 7:30 pm
    Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI
    REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
  • July 11, 6 – 7:30 pm
    Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI
    REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 
  • August 22, 6 – 7:30 pm
    Bear and Moose Aware Clinic at REI
    REI Classroom, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Learn about living and recreating responsibly in moose and bear country; presented by ADF&G and the Anchorage Bear Committee. Free. Register through REI, www.rei.com, Anchorage store. 

Eagle River

  • June 25, 2 pm
    Living in Bear Country Presentation
    Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Rd. Learn how to stay safe in bear country, including how to recreate safely and install an electric fence to protect chickens or other livestock from bears. Presentation by Tony Carnahan, a wildlife biologist with ADF&G. Free; $5 parking for non-members.

Girdwood

  • April 21 – 23
    Wild & Aware Week in Girdwood
    Wild & Aware Girdwood and the Anchorage Bear Committee host the sixth annual community week including a school program, movie night and an April 23 event at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Visit wildaware.org. 
     

Palmer

  • March 1, 7 pm – 8 pm
    Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays- Tracking the Wolverine
    Join ADF&G biologist, Mike Harrington to look at how wolverine tracks help management biologists with population estimates. Follow along the trails of collared wolverines to better understand their movements, home range and relationship with other wolverines.
    The Wildlife Wednesday lectures series is a free event and held at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. Supported by a partnership between Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, The Nature Conservancy and Mat-Su Salmon Partnership.
  • April 5, 7 pm – 8 pm
    Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays- Little Brown Bats in Alaska
    Did you know that the Little Brown Bat is the most common bat species in Alaska? Although we have seen more research on bats, there is still little known about some of their most important behaviors. Do they migrate? Do they over-winter here? How many bats live in Alaska? White-Nose Syndrome is a fungus that is killing bats by the millions in the Lower 48 and Canada. Join ADF&G biologist, Marian Snively, to find out more about the little brown bat, possible implications of White-Nose Syndrome in Alaska, and what you can do to help.
    Mat-Su Wildlife Wednesdays Lecture Series is a free event and held at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. Supported by a partnership between the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, the Nature Conservancy and Mat-Su Salmon Partnership.