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December 10, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: McNeil River Bear Viewing
Drew Hamilton, a field technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, discusses insights about brown bear behavior and shares photography from his seasonal work guiding bear-viewing at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.
December 17 – 18, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group will be held on December 17-18, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage. For a complete agenda and meeting details please visit, www.westernarcticcaribou.org.
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.
December 2 – 3, 7pm
How to be Effective at Board of Fisheries Meetings
This short course sponsored by Boards Support Section will provide participants with an overview of how the Board of Fisheries meetings are run, and hints on giving effective testimony, participating with committees, and talking with board members. This will be held at the Mt. Eccles School, Committee Breakout Room.
December 5, 7 pm – 9 pm
Friday Night Insight: Black Bear Research on POW
ADF&G biologist Boyd Porter will be presenting results from the black bear research effort on POW at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan at their Friday Night Insight Program. Come learn about black bear home ranges and movements, den site selection, and den characteristics in a temperate rain forest.
December 10, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture Caribou
A presentation about Caribou by Nick Demma of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Wildlife Wednesdays are free lectures sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats and the U.S. Geological Survey to inform the community about Alaska's wildlife through current research, management practices, traditional knowledge and viewing opportunities. All lectures are held at the Mat-Su Community College. This lecture will be held at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall.