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ALASKA MARITIME: Refuge staff bring science activities and R/V Tiglax ship field trip to campers in Unalaska.
Alaska Region, July 18, 2016
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Unalaska summer campers practice binocular skills.
Unalaska summer campers practice binocular skills. - Photo Credit: K. Bush-St.Louis/USFWS
Educator Kendra Bush-St. Louis teaches campers in Unalaska about seabird science aboard the R/V Tiglax.
Educator Kendra Bush-St. Louis teaches campers in Unalaska about seabird science aboard the R/V Tiglax. - Photo Credit: USFWS

Camp Qungaayux is an annual event that helps to preserve the Unangan traditions and values within the youth of Unalaska while also providing valuable outdoor experiences, science based lessons and a sense of stewardship of the land. The USFWS partners with Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska and other community partners to organize and fund this camp on a yearly basis. Members of the community serve as mentors, elders and camp instructors. Many parents and volunteers from the local community serve as chaperones or drivers commuting students from town to the camp location. In addition, on the last day of camp, there is a Potluck event given where community members are welcome to come and see what the campers learned throughout the week.
During the 2016 Camp Qungaayux, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Education Specialist, Kendra Bush-St. Louis, and Deputy Manager, Marc Webber, served as camp mentors and taught lessons to 45 local youth, ages 9-18, based on seabird biological research and marine mammals. Activities included hands on demonstrations of marine mammal feeding techniques, a seabird foraging game, a binocular skills bingo game, seabird kite creations, and much more. In addition to the daily camp activities, the Refuge’s research vessel, the R/V Tiglax, spent a day of camp in Humpy Cove. During the Tiglax’s visit, campers were given the opportunity to tour the vessel and learn about the biological and conservation work conducted from the boat. The older campers even got an opportunity to test out cold water survival suits. Overall, the 2016 Camp Qungaayux was successful at providing the youth of Unalaska valuable outdoor experiences, science based lessons and a sense of stewardship of the land.


Contact Info: Marianne Aplin, 907-226-4619 , marianne_aplin@fws.gov
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