In The Community

Live Eagle at Refuge Week Event

In addition to environmental education programs and operating the multi-agency King Salmon Visitor Center, we offer special programs to the community.

Speaker Series

In 2011, we began offering an annual winter Speaker Series, bringing monthly guests to our headquarters in King Salmon. Speakers gave presentations in the office conference room, and also at the Bristol Bay School in Naknek. As the program grew, speakers added live web presentations to all the schools of Lake and Peninsula Borough. Some guests are also asked to deliver programs at other venues, like the Martin Monsen Library in Naknek or the Naknek Native Village Council.

Past guest speakers have included:

  • John Trent, retired USFWS biologist, on sea otters and walrus;
  • Sharon Sharbaugh from the Alaska Bird Observatory;
  • John Branson, historian for Lake Clark National Park;
  • Barbara Mahoney from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on beluga whales;
  • Patricia Heiser of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on her research into climate change;
  • Loukas Barton, Katmai National Park archaeologist;
  • Pat Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on dinosaur tracks found on the Alaska Peninsula;
  • retired ADF&G biologist Richard Russell on the eruption that formed the Ukinrek Maars;
  • ADF&G biologist Meghan Riley on her tiger research in Kamchatka;
  • Whitney Rapp, Katmai NP, on invasive plant species.
  • John Hudson, co-author of two books on Alaskan insects, escorted nearly all the students of Bristol Bay School into a nearby wetland to capture and examine aquatic insects, in addition to delivering several talks.

Supporting organization Alaska Geographic provides funding to cover travel for guest speakers. Their support is essential to the success of the program.

Refuge Week Event

For years, the Bird Treatment and Learning Center has sent a guest presenter with live birds to King Salmon in October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Every presenter has been excellent. They deliver programs in both the Bristol Bay School in Naknek and the King Salmon Visitor Center. Owls and bald eagles have been popular with our local folks.