Fireside Chat Lecture Series
Come spend the evening by the fire listening to a timely tale about science in real life. Complimentary hot drinks and cookies provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. All programs begin at 7pm and are free and open to the public.
January 20: Reclaiming Streams--Placer Mining, Wade Creek, and Improved Ways for Stream Reclamation
Stream reclamation and restoration can be a challenging task in interior Alaska. After all, the growing season is short, there is limited hydrologic data, and ice scours streams and streambanks each spring. Join us as BLM Fisheries Biologist Matt Varner describes how the science behind stream reclamation has evolved in Alaska. He’ll discuss new techniques that may speed up stream habitat recovery following placer mining. And he’ll highlight recent restoration work done on a section of Wade Creek, a creek within the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River corridor.
February 17: Traditional Ecological Knowledge in a Changing World
Climate change is causing Alaska to warm at twice the rate of the rest of the world and many indigenous rural communities find themselves on the front lines of this rapid change. What role will the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Alaska Natives have built over generations through close relationships to the land and sea play in understanding these changes? How will climate change researchers and policy decision makers incorporate TEK into their work? Join us as Danielle Stickman and Maryann Fidel of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council discuss the answers to these and many other questions.
March 16: Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial: 100 Years of Conservation
Can you imagine a time when the sky was blackened from thousands of birds as far as the eye could see? What happened to these massive flocks of feathered friends and how did their disappearance influence bird conservation around the globe? Join Tamara Zeller and Dr. Rick Lanctot with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a look back at the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), why it was enacted 100 years ago, and how it saved many of the birds that call Alaska home. Follow the plight of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, learn how the MBTA helped and didn’t help this arctic-breeding shorebird, and discover what current research has taught us about this magnificent migrant.
April 20: Melting Glaciers and Old Walrus Bones: What's Emerging from the Ice
The Bering Glacier is melting and as it melts it is uncovering material that’s been frozen for 15,000 years. What is coming out of the ice? What does that material tell us about conditions at the end of the last ice age? And what does it reveal about the lifeways of ancient peoples in the area? Join us as David Yesner, Professor of Anthropology at UAA, and Kristine Crossen, Professor of Geosciences at UAA, discuss the melting Bering Glacier.