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BARROW AND FAIRBANSKS FISH AND WILDLIFE FIELD OFFICES: North Slope youth participate in endangered species research during 14th year of Eider Journey Science Program
10 Region, October 18, 2012
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Eider Journey youth participants in the field near Barrow, Alaska, summer 2012
Eider Journey youth participants in the field near Barrow, Alaska, summer 2012 - Photo Credit: FWS
2012 Barrow Eider Project crew including Eider Journey students
2012 Barrow Eider Project crew including Eider Journey students - Photo Credit: FWS
2012 Eider Journey participants take in the view near Barrow, Alaska
2012 Eider Journey participants take in the view near Barrow, Alaska - Photo Credit: FWS

During the summer of 2012, six Barrow High School students participated in the Eider Journey Science program, which began in 1999 as a way to engage local youth in field research on Steller’s and spectacled eiders, expose them to wildlife science careers, and increase community awareness of endangered species conservation and management issues. Students worked cooperatively with a crew of six volunteers from across the U.S., wildlife technicians Matt Wilson and Megan Zarzycki, Eider Project principal investigator, and David Safine of the Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Office, as well as Maria Berger and Neesha Stellrecht of the Barrow and Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Offices, respectively. Youth participants will give several community presentations to share their experiences, communicate project findings, and increase public awareness of eider conservation efforts and Service activities near Barrow. Students participating in Service programs for the first time in 2012 were Devan Amling (Barrow High School junior), Tony Dunbar (Barrow High School sophomore), Taylor Masterson (Barrow High School senior), and Jared Nayakik (Barrow High School junior). The crew also included Eider Journey 2011 alumnus Johnathan Nelson (Barrow High School sophomore), and Ramey Gerke (Barrow High School junior), who worked on the Service’s lemming project in 2011.


Contact Info: Maria Berger, (907) 852-2059, maria_berger@fws.gov



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