For more than 20 years, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been inviting high school students to Onion Portage to help with the Western Arctic Caribou Herd research. This year seven students from our school participated in the event. The students, the science teacher, the district cultural director, and a parent headed downriver in two boats loaded with camping gear and warm clothing. They spent the next two days helping the biologists collar caribou, take blood samples and weigh calves.
Students were able to participate in field research methods and given the opportunity to explore the possibility of a career in wildlife biology. Data collected from the research is used within the region to monitor the herd and make management decisions.
Meanwhile, back at school, the K-1 class was learning about another northern arctic mammal, the moose.
And finally, this week’s parting shot and words of wisdom ….