Floats recognized in parade
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has named the following as winners of the 2001 "Getting Fishy with it," Fourth of July parade float contest:
First place -- Diamond M Ranch
Second place -- P.R.I.S.M.
First place -- Arctic Young Marines
Second place -- Kenai Parks and Recreation
First place -- Peninsula Classic Auto Club
Second place -- Bill Rackley 1952 MG
First place -- Larry Harvey -- 1944 Tractor
Second place -- Mrs. Alaska
First place -- Nikiski Senior Center
Second place -- Soldotna/Kenai Bowling Association
First place -- Kenai Senior Center
Second place -- Kenai Dixieland Band
Overall grand prize -- Nikiski Senior Center
A certificate of appreciation was given to Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church for the second year of cleanup after the parade.
Bears on camera
The Pratt Museum in Homer will feature a remote video camera with live footage of the brown bears at McNeil River Brown Bear Sanctuary. The video can be viewed at the Brown Bear Exhibition in the lower level.
Alaska SeaLife Center news
Eggs appear at ASLC
During routine habitat cleaning in June, Kokele Covert, ASLC avian keeper, discovered a pair of pigeon guillemot eggs that were greenish with brown speckles at the entrance of one of the burrows. Since then, a juvenile male pigeon guillemot has been seen sitting on the eggs; his mate is a mature female. This is a fairly unusual event, as the male is only a year old and no pigeon guillemot eggs were expected until next year at the earliest.
Also, a tufted puffin was captured on videotape as she dragged her egg out of the nest box. The broken shells were recovered outside the burrow. This is the second egg to be broken this season. In this case, the perpetrator was caught on tape. The remaining two puffin eggs are still being incubated in their boxes, but their rate of weight loss indicates they may not be viable.
Rehab race flocks in 60
This year's annual 5K Wildlife Run proved to be a success when 60 participants ran to support the ASLC Rehabilitation Program. Kris D'Alessandro from Seward crossed the finish line first with a time of 20:20; Ruth Barndt from Eagle River was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 21:23.
The second course, at 4.7K, was won by Rick Weber from Anchorage in the men's division with a time of 17:59 and Dominique Colberg of Palmer with a time of 19:25. The new Junior Wildlife Rescue Course turned out to be a hit with local children. This course may soon become a traveling educational exhibit for the center.
Salmon occupy exhibit again
Since 1999, the Salmon Stream exhibit has been missing one major component -- salmon. Serving as a marine invertebrate subtidal pool for the past two years, the habitat will now be home to freshwater coho fingerlings. The coho are less than 1-year-old and were acquired from the Trail Lake Hatchery near Moose Pass. The original inhabitants of the Salmon Stream were saltwater pink salmon, but the fish quickly outgrew the tank. Other salmon can be found in the center's Open Waters and Harbor Bottom exhibits.
Beluga articulation highlights ASLC daily events
The Alaska SeaLife Center will put together a beluga whale skeleton daily in the Research Alcove next to the Discovery Pool at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the process to visitors. Visitors will also have a chance to learn more about the center through Behind-the-Scenes tours at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Other daily events will be a visiting scientist presentation at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., bird feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and special intern lectures at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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