AKBMP is excited to host our third fall beluga monitoring season, August 15th - November 15th. We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and is ready to start thinking about Cook Inlet beluga whales. During the process of getting our season up and running, know that we are closely monitoring the ever-changing status of the pandemic and the safety of our volunteers is the greatest priority. Similar to our spring season, we will have monitoring requirements in place for your safety. More information to come.
We will be hosting a virtual volunteer orientation on Monday, August 9th at 6:00-7:30 pm. Also, we listened to your feedback and we understand that people have different schedules. With this, we will record the live volunteer orientation and anyone wanting to become a volunteer can watch the recording at their own convenience. If you are interested in the virtual or recorded orientation please click the button below to signup.
Please feel free to signup for the virtual or recorded orientation if you want a refresher. We deeply appreciate the positive comments and the helpful guidance you have provided to make our monitoring program better. We have small updates on the monitoring protocol and data entry. Additionally, we have a new location for monitoring this fall. Stay tuned for those updates in August and please feel free to reach out by email if you have any questions.
Spring Season Recap:
Thank you everyone who made our first spring season a success! We had 68 observers monitor over 445 hours at our five sites. On 74 days we had someone out along Cook Inlet monitoring for beluga whales. That is incredible! Thank you to our partners, collaborators, and wonderful citizen scientists for making it all possible! Click here for a quick summary of what we accomplished this spring! More information about the data collected from past seasons will be heading your way later this fall.
For those that are returning, we look forward to catching up with you, and for new volunteers, thanks for joining the team!
Beluga whales leaving the Kenai River. Photo Credit: Chandera Tolley
AKBMP Fall 2021 Monitoring Season Flyer:
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Support for this partnership and associated projects is provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service and by our partner organizations: Beluga Whale Alliance, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife Alaska, and Kenai Peninsula College