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Schedule of Events
On-Going Events

April 10-April 24 View Whale Skeletons: Gray whale at Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center, Dall’s Porpoise at the Fort Abercrombie Visitor Center, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale at the Fisheries Research Center on Near Island


April 9-12 Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium (KAMSS) will present selected results of decades of marine research conducted near Kodiak, Alaska, to fishermen, students, and residents of Kodiak Island. At KAMSS, researchers will have an opportunity to talk about their research and local people will learn how Kodiak's marine environment and resources function, change, and affect their lives and livelihoods. KAMSS talks will span all dimensions of Kodiak region marine science, from physical oceanography to zooplankton, crabs to salmon, puffins to killer whales, and historic to current human dimensions. Contact: Kate Wynne 481-1517 Location: Kodiak Convention Center

Thursday, April 14

7:00pm The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958, 83 min) Journey under the sea in this fantastic adventure from the mind of the master of science fiction, Jules Verne. This is one of the most imaginative films ever made! Admission & refreshments are free! Contact: Joe 486-8686 Location: Kodiak Public Library

Saturday, April 16

9:30am Narrow Cape Whale Watching with Stacy Studebaker. Nearly all of the Eastern Pacific gray whales pass by Narrow Cape during their migration. Bring a lunch, water bottle and wear warm clothes and hiking boots. Carpooling is encouraged. LAUNCH DEPENDENT. Sponsored by Kodiak Audubon. Contact: Mary Lukens 486-2654. Location: Meet at the ferry building on Center Street and Marine Way

12:00pm Whales at Miller Point with Kate Wynne Hosted by Alaska State Parks. Meet at the ranger station for Kate Wynne’s marine mammal ID talk. Depending on weather and whale cooperation, walk up to Miller Point and do some viewing. Whale Fest display table with shirts available. Contact: Lisa Hupp 942-1056 Location: Ft. Abercrombie State Park

1:00pm - 2:00pm Children’s Scrimshaw Activity: Whalemen & Scrimshanders Children 8 and older are welcome to discover the whaler’s art of scrimshaw as they listen to salty tales of Kodiak’s whaling history and view historic whaling photographs. Create your own whaling story on faux ivory medallions with this fun etching activity. A whaling scavenger hunt will be available to help families explore our whaling exhibit together. Whale coloring sheets are also provided. Pre-registration recommended. Contact: Marie Acemah 486-5920 Location: Baranov Museum

Sunday, April 17 2:00pm Large Shark Dissection! Join Bob Foy, Laboratory Director of Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and learn all about the biology and behavior of sharks inside and out! Whale Fest display table with shirts available. Contact: Jan Haaga 481-1718. Location: Kodiak Fisheries Research Center, Near Island
Thursday, April 21st

11:00am “Whale of a Tale” Story Time Come hear stories about whales at the public library! Contact: Ellie 486-8686 Location: Kodiak Public Library

Friday, April 22nd 7:00-8:00pm Doug Thompson Author of Touching the Mystery. The festival’s stop in Kodiak features 10 breathtaking short films focusing on our relationships with the sea. Visit www.alaskaoceansfestival.org for more information. Whale Fest display table with shirts available. Contact: Lisa Hupp 487-0285 Location: Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center
Saturday, April 23rd

10:00am-2:00pm Children’s Fair & Whale Bone Display Interactive activities for young children and families. NOAA will display marine mammal bones and show the video, “The Right Approach.” Whale Fest display table with shirts available. Contact: Tim Gould 486-3298 or Jane Petrich 486-2968 Location: High School Commons

7:00-9:00pm Alaska Ocean Film Festival. The festival’s stop in Kodiak features 10 breathtaking short films focusing on our relationships with the sea. Visit www.alaskaoceansfestival.org for more information. Whale Fest display table with shirts available. Contact: Mark Schreiter 486-1227 Location: Kodiak College

Sunday, April 24th

9:30am Narrow Cape Whale Watching with Doug Thompson & Cindy Trussell. Nearly all of the Eastern Pacific gray whales pass by Narrow Cape during their migration. Bring a lunch, water bottle and wear warm clothes and hiking boots. Carpooling is encouraged. Sponsored by Kodiak Audubon. Contact: Cindy Trussell 486-2878. Location: Meet at the ferry building on Center Street and Marine Way