Ranger Ryan Carpenter from Sitka National Historical Park helping 4th graders learn to use binoculars. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Himshoot)

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Rebecca Himschoot, the Science Specialist at Keet Goshi Heen Elementary School, and Ashley Bolwerk of the Sitka Sound Science Center, are hosting Sitka’s first Junior Bioblitz, a fast action sweep of an area to identify as many species of living organisms as possible. One hundred 4th graders from Keet will search for different taxa of birds, plants, marine inverts, small mammals and more with the help of fifty adult volunteers.

The Junior Bioblitz is Wednesday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Starrigavan area.

Partners include the Sitka Conservation Society, Sitka Sound Science Center, the Alaska Departmetn of Fish & Game, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Alaska Southeast, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the Sitka National Historical Park.