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Students at camp in Becharof NWRBe a winner! Enter a contest, like the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest. Or apply to join our science and culture camp at the end of summer for a week of amazing outdoor learning! 

Science and Culture Camp

At the beginning of the school year, we hold a week long camp for high school students. The camp is held either in Becharof Wilderness, or in King Salmon. It’s not like regular school—we go outside to learn, and we learn by doing! In 2013, we learned about photography and biological illustration, aquatic ecosystem sampling, birds, caribou, doing field research, ecology and plant identification, invasive species, mushrooms, archeology excavation, and more. We went hiking, took a boat trip to see bears and barabaras at Brooks Camp, and learned to throw darts with atlatls.

If you like camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities; and if you want to learn more about science and culture in the real world, then contact us for more information.  Talk to Julia Pinnix, 246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov; or Orville Lind, 246-1202, Orville_Lind@fws.gov.

Duck Stamp Contest

The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a kids’ version of the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Program. Design and create a North American waterfowl art piece for submission to the state contest! Winners go on to the national contest. For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, and to download the entry forms, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

2014 Contest Theme is Super

This year’s theme is “Super Seabirds.” Seabirds like murres and puffins don’t migrate south like many other birds. Instead, they go out to sea, swimming in the vast ocean until summer returns. Then they go to steep cliffs to lay eggs and raise their young in densely packed (and smelly!) colonies.

Every participant receives a certificate, and winners also receive prizes. We appreciate every creative and thoughtful entry in this year’s contest, and we look forward to future submissions next winter.  Stay tuned for the contest results, and find out who won!

Want to see some past winners? Check out the next page... 

Hope Swanson's Poster

2013 Contest Linked People and Birds

The 2013 theme for the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest was “Healthy Birds for Healthy People.” The Manager’s Choice winner for the poster was Hope Swanson, with her dramatic style.

The calendar, printed for 2014, has recipes. Try this one!

Warm Duck Salad: 

  • Breasts of a duck, smoked, then steamed, juices reserved after steaming
  • 8 small new potatoes
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cut in pieces
  • 3 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 c. mozzarella, diced
  • Boil the potatoes in the leftover duck juices until just tender. Remove potatoes and set aside.
  • Poach the pear pieces in the duck juices until barely tender. Remove and add to potatoes.
  • Cut duck meat in cubes. Add with tomatoes and cheese to potatoes and pear. Mix with a vinaigrette (you can add duck juices also). Serve warm with good bread.

2012 Calendar Contest Honored Shorebirds

This year, the theme of the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest was “Spectacular Shorebirds”! Students from communities across the Alaskan Peninsula submitted their best visual art pieces and original poems.

Bailey Anderson of Chignik Lagoon was picked this year as the state’s Grand Prize Winner for literature!

Spectacular Shorebirds by the sea,
Who migrate far and wide for all to see,
You squawk, caw, and cry
About all the wondrous sights
Of shores you’ve seen.
Migrating north or south in the seasons,
To escape the winter cold,
To find the summer warmth,
Nomads of the air,
Who move where you please.
Come back and tell me
Of all the sights you’ve seen
And all the flights you’ve taken.
Come back to see me.
 

Alaska Peninsula/Becharof Refuge Manager’s Choice for Literature was Erin Pederson from Chignik Lagoon!

Flying from place to place
They almost never leave a trace.
Except for their prints in the sand,
When they finally settle on land.
Never staying for very long,
They only pause to rest their wings,
And then they fly away,
Looking for their homes along the way.
They settle and caw,
Abiding nature’s lay.
Making a nest,
They can finally rest.
Ending their journey,
They finally stay
And don’t have to feel the wind blowing them away.

Need an Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar? Call the King Salmon Visitor Center: 907-246-4250, and we’ll send you one for free!

Page Photo Credits — Students at Camp in Becharof NWF, Julia Pinnix/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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