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February 11, 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, 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, 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.
February 4, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Ecology of Moose in Southeast Alaska
ADF&G wildlife research biologist, Kevin White, will present "Ecology of Moose in Southeast Alaska". The information presented is based upon field projects in Berner's Bay and Gustavus and considers the many aspects of moose in those areas. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Thunder Mountain High School Library.
February 20, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Mendenhall Glacier Fireside Lecture Series: Chilkoot River Brown Bears
"Chilkoot River Brown Bears" The Chilkoot River in Haines, Alaska draws many brown bears to a pink salmon run in late summer. A narrow road between the water and mountains squeezes bears, anglers and bear viewers into conflict. ADF&G’s Anthony Crupi untangles the complexity.
March 13, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Mendenhall Glacier Fireside Lecture Series: Bats! Winged Wonders of the Night
"Bats! Winged Wonders of the Night" Citizen science and biological research teach us how Juneau’s five species of bats survive in SE Alaska’s coastal rainforest. ADF&G’s Karen Blejwas and Michael Kohan report their findings.
February 25, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Behavior and Biology of Alaska’s Grouse and Ptarmigan
Mat-Su College FSM Building, 8295 E College Drive off of Trunk Road in Palmer, AK. With Small Game Biologist, Rick Merizon of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Come join a fun evening learning about the unique adaptations and behaviors of Alaska’s grouse and ptarmigan. You may know that ptarmigan turn white, but why do they sleep under the snow? Hear the latest about the role research is having in understanding and managing ptarmigan populations in the Alaska Range.
March 25, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: Fur Seals and Weddell Seals: From Open Ocean to Icy Shores
Mat-Su College FSM Building, 8295 E College Drive off of Trunk Road in Palmer, AK. With Roxanne Beltran of University of Alaska. Although pinnipeds are some of the most far-ranging animals on the planet, researchers are still searching to answer many questions about their basic life histories. What do these animals eat? How far do these animals travel? How deep do they dive? How do their annual life cycles work? In this talk, we will discuss current research methods for exploring these questions, focusing on Antarctica’s Weddell seals and Alaska’s Northern fur seals.
April 29, 7 pm – 8 pm
Wildlife Wednesday Lecture: McNeil River Brown Bears
Mat-Su College FSM Building, 8295 E College Drive off of Trunk Road in Palmer, AK. With Wildlife Technician, Drew Hamilton of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In early July through mid-August, chum salmon congregate between a series of rocks and boulders that form McNeil River Falls. Since there are only a few rivers in the area with similar fishing sites, brown bears congregate here in numbers that have brought McNeil River worldwide fame. Drew has spent several field seasons at McNeil and will share his impressive photographs and amazing tales!