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TOGIAK: Junior High Students Hit the RefugeCoast
Alaska Region, August 30, 2011
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Larissa Strunk of Quinhagak and Triston Chaney of Dillingham examine a mist net.
Larissa Strunk of Quinhagak and Triston Chaney of Dillingham examine a mist net. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Who brought the marshmallows? Shawn Williams of Quinhagak and Ashlyn Luckhurst of Dillingham practice their fire building technique.
Who brought the marshmallows? Shawn Williams of Quinhagak and Ashlyn Luckhurst of Dillingham practice their fire building technique. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Students at the Cape Peirce Science Camp take to the trail.
Students at the Cape Peirce Science Camp take to the trail. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Do I know you? Lane Ito comes face to, um, face with a starfish in a Cape Peirce tidepool.
Do I know you? Lane Ito comes face to, um, face with a starfish in a Cape Peirce tidepool. - Photo Credit: USFWS

During the last week of July, eight Togiak Refuge area junior high students, along with four Togiak staff members, made the long flight to one of the more unique destinations Togiak Refuge has to offer, Cape Peirce. They traveled there to participate in Togiak Refuge’s annual Cape Peirce Marine Science and Yup’ik Culture Camp.

Cape Peirce, on the extreme southwestern edge of Bristol Bay, is a highly scenic area of rocky cliffs and largely inaccessible beaches. As such, it can be an absolute mecca for Pacific walrus, spotted and harbor seals, and a variety of nesting seabirds including horned and tufted puffins, common murres, pelagic cormorants and black-legged kittiwakes. Because of its remote nature and the cost incurred to get there, not many people visit Cape Peirce. For eight lucky students each summer, Togiak Refuge affords them that opportunity.

This year’s campers were able to learn from Togiak staff about how seabird counts are conducted, as well as given the chance to practice with counts of their own. Other activities included learning about tide pools, bear safety, wilderness survival priorities and techniques, careers with the USFWS and visiting with a local elder about edible plants, area history and traditional uses of area resources.

Togiak staff members who participated in this camp were Allen Miller, Karl Clark and Pete Abraham. Also taking part in the 2011 camp was Chelsea Corcoran-Quadt of the Division of Education Outreach at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).
 


Contact Info: Terry Fuller, 907-842-1063 ext. 8419, terry_fuller@fws.gov



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