Alaska SeaLife Center News

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

Rehab set for June 23

The third annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run will be held June 23. Those registering for the race will help support the center's animal rescue and rehabilitation program. The race starts at 9:45 a.m. for walkers and 10:30 a.m. for runners. Preregistration before June 22 is $15 for adults and $10 for children 5-15. Registration the day of the race is at 8:30 a.m. and the fee is $20 for adults and $13 for children. An awards ceremony will be held at noon.

The center will introduce the ASLC Junior Rescue Fun Run June 23. When the rescue phone rings, an animal is injured. Contestants must gather equipment, put on protective clothing and race to the scene. Then they are off to the animal hospital for rehabilitation. All participants will receive a Junior Rescue package and a chance to win prizes. Start time is 10 a.m. Registration will be held prior to the race. The cost is $5 for children under 12.

Bye, bye birdie

The common murres are once again on their way to the Netherlands. The birds originally headed to the Rotterdam Zoo from the center in March. They are moving to the Netherlands because they are Atlantic murres and not from this coast.

The center is acquiring Pacific murres and needed to find a home for the Atlantic flock that had been occupying the diving bird habitat since the center opened in 1998. After an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Europe, the birds were refused entry into the Netherlands and were flown back to the center. Now the ban on importing animals has lifted, and the birds will once again be on their way to the Rotterdam Zoo, accompanied by center veterinarian Dr. Pam Tuomi.

Breeding season at Chiswell

It is breeding season at the Chiswell Island Steller sea lion rookery. There have been about eight bulls defending territories during the past weeks. So far, there has been only one live pup born on the rookery, and it appears to be healthy.

There are many pregnant-looking females at Natoa Island, and center officials expect them to arrive at Chiswell within the next few weeks to give birth. The focus this year will be on females and their pups, looking at activity and feeding cycles, which may hint at prey availability in the area. For a live view into the rookery, tune into cable channel 20 during the day.

Rehab news

An eagle that was rescued in the Camelot subdivision (of Seward) about a month ago is coming home. The eagle, an apparent victim of a gunshot wound, was determined to be in stable condition at the center and was sent to Bird TLC in Anchorage for further rehabilitation. The rehabilitated eagle was released back to his rescue site on May 25.

Meanwhile, in the pool area, ringed seal Sadie is swimming and diving and eating fish well. Pancho, the harbor seal, is just being introduced to fish.

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