In early April, Bob and I visited Kasaan, Hydaburg, and the Twelvemile Monitoring Project. You can read that post here. Bob’s report on that visit can be read here. Following that visit I shifted back to local and state-wide work. Locally, we’re working with a high school class on a deer collaring study to better understand how deer utilize (or not) restored forest habitats. In the photo at left, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Area Biologist Phil Mooney is talking about how to dart and collar deer. Conducting and experimenting with these hybrid outreach-research projects is key to developing regional capacity and recognition of the value of community-based monitoring and resource stewardship.
I’ve also been busy recruiting presenters for the October meeting of the American Fisheries Society – Alaska Chapter. The goal of my participation is to provide a community perspective, help ensure that research and management discussions are relevant for our rural communities, and identify opportunities for community participation in these research and management “circles”. I am a co-chair for 2 different sessions at this conference.
With the Tongass National Forest, we hosted a 2-day training session on stream habitat assessment protocols. Participants were from 4 different communities in Southeast Alaska. You can read about that event here.
Preparation for the Student Field Days at Twelvemile Creek has taken up the remainder of my time. We will be conducting a teacher in-service day on April 30, and then up to 50 students will get some hands-on experience in stream monitoring on May 1 and May 2.