Postcard: Art meets science at Sitka’s Whalefest
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Over it’s 17-year run, Sitka’s WhaleFest has evolved from a tourist event into a research and cultural conference on a wide range of Arctic and marine mammals issues. There is also a large educational component, as visiting scientists spend considerable time in local classrooms.
Blatchley Middle School student reporters Ella Lubin, Lilly Hood, and Kaia Gleason attended several of the WhaleFest floor sessions, and met with the presenters and their audience.
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Rob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell.
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