Bird Banding (May-August): Assist our avian biologist with mist-netting and bird banding operations at the Refuge Buskin River headquarters. This is an exciting opportunity to get close and work with birds, either as a net-tender or taking biological measurements. No experience necessary, new learners welcome! Ages 15 and up. Meet 6 days throughout the summer at daybreak, dates TBD. Orientation session in early summer. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.Seasonal Biology Interns (Summer): *Applications for 2015 now being accepted: see position descriptions below*
Looking for the experience of a lifetime? Love to work long hours in challenging, remote field conditions? These internships are an excellent preparation for serious college students or recent grads looking to assist with field research and prepare for a career or graduate school in biological research. Position descriptions are posted in December, applications are generally due in January before the summer season. Must have junior standing or higher and be available to arrive in Kodiak by May 11, 2015. See Position Descriptions below for instructions on how to apply.Please read our FAQ for more information about volunteering on seasonal biology projects.Kittlitz’s Murrelet Nesting EcologyAvian Monitoring: Nearshore and Seabird Colony Surveys Brown Bear & Salmon Habitat Study Resource Monitoring & Management
Required Training for Remote Sites:
Please note that we require all volunteers who work within the Refuge (Biology & Cabin Maintenance) to complete the following training prior to departure for the field: CPR/First Aid, Bear Awareness, Aviation Safety, and Aviation Water Ditching Safety (full day course which includes a simulated plane crash in the local pool).Additional training is required to handle firearms or motorized boats; this training is not required, but recommended for those who will be on extended projects.We will offer a full selection of these courses beginning May 14-June 1, 2014. Opportunities to complete Aviation Water Ditching Safety will be limited to 1 or 2 classes; volunteers who would like to join us in the Refuge are highly advised to contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a schedule and to sign up in advance.
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Kodiak bears and Sitka black-tailed deer both eat fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium), a wild herb that blooms with purple flowers in August.