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ALASKA MARITIME: Pribilof Island campers learn about the seabirds and refuge in their backyard.
Alaska Region, June 20, 2016
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Seabird Campers on St. Paul present a play to the community
Seabird Campers on St. Paul present a play to the community - Photo Credit: USFWS
Seabird Campers on St. Paul Island, Alaska
Seabird Campers on St. Paul Island, Alaska - Photo Credit: USFWS
Seabird Campers on St. Paul Island practice using optics and taking photos.
Seabird Campers on St. Paul Island practice using optics and taking photos. - Photo Credit: USFWS

The Seabird Camp on St. Paul Island is a partnership between the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the Seabird Youth Network, the Pribilof School District, and the Aleut Communities of St. Paul and St. George Islands. Every year, thousands of seabirds nest along the seaside cliffs of the Pribilofs and have become an integral part of the local culture and community. The Seabird Camp annually works to connect local youth with their island’s wildlife by helping them to learn about seabirds and contribute to long-term seabird monitoring programs conducted by the Refuge. During camp, youth have the opportunity to learn about seabird ecology, research and conservation, discover careers related to seabird science and natural resource management, and develop a sense of ownership and understanding of seabirds found in both the Pribilofs and around the world.
During the 2016 Seabird Camp, 42 youth, ages 6-15, had the opportunity to learn about seabird food webs, foraging behaviors and the ecological and cultural importance of seabirds. Activities included seabird related games and art projects, a seabird dissection, wildlife photography sessions, a day spent in the field with a Refuge biologist, games focused on learning the names of seabirds in the native Aleut language, and much more. In addition to the daily camp activities, two camp interns spent a week in the field conducting seabird monitoring activities with a Refuge biologist. On the last day of camp, a community event was held where campers performed a theatrical play about seabirds that they helped to write. The 2016 Seabird Camp was successful at connecting the youth and wider community of St. Paul Island with the seabirds that nest there during the summer months.


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