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BARROW AND FAIRBANKS FISH AND WILDLIFE FIELD OFFICES: Lemming Monitoring Project engages local youth in hands-on science
Alaska Region, June 15, 2012
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2012 lemming monitoring project students in the field near Barrow, Alaska.
2012 lemming monitoring project students in the field near Barrow, Alaska. - Photo Credit: FWS
Barrow High School student weighing a brown lemming near Barrow, Alaska 2012
Barrow High School student weighing a brown lemming near Barrow, Alaska 2012 - Photo Credit: FWS

Three youth from Barrow, Alaska worked on the lemming monitoring project under the supervision of principal investigator Kaithryn Ott of the Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office. During the project’s second season in 2012, the Barrow High School students worked with Service staff and volunteers to perform field work aimed at determining abundance and distribution of brown lemmings in tundra habitats near Barrow, Alaska and gathering baseline data to inform our understanding of tundra ecosystem dynamics. Students participated in Youth participants will give several community presentations to share their experiences, communicate project findings, and increase public awareness of Service activities and conservation efforts near Barrow. 2012 youth participants were Kevin Goodwin (Barrow High School freshman), Calvin Wilson (Barrow High School junior), and Sam Ahsoak (Barrow High School sophomore); Ahsoak worked on the lemming monitoring project in 2011 also. “Working on the project was great…I just wish it didn’t have to end!” exclaimed Wilson, who will conduct a science fair project based on his summer experience.


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



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