Science for a Thriving Kachemak Bay

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KBNERR Adds Motus tower

The Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) installed a MOTUS tower on May 8th to track migrating birds passing through the highly productive shores of Kachemak Bay and the pacific flyway. Thanks to a NERR Science Collaborative Grant, the partners...

2023 Fourth Quarter Report

Regional partnerships are thriving and collaborating to bring science, conservation, and climate resilience funding to our region.

The Kachemak Sponge

The City of Homer is experiencing the mixed blessings of growth. Development can have positive economic impacts, but it also taxes municipal resources and affects quality of life.

Tracking Alaska’s Least Wanted

Once established, European green crabs are extremely difficult or impossible to remove. The key, according to Maurer, is early detection and rapid response.

Ever wonder how deep the peatlands are? Or where our groundwater comes from? Or what kind of crab that is? If you have a question about Kachemak Bay…

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Hello all and welcome back to Phytoplankton Phriday! Breaking News - there is a bright green bloom going on right now in the back of Tutka Bay! Our fabulous samplers were able to get some samples and we will let you all know what the bloom species is once we receive them! None of the phytoplankton species of concern in the Bay (Alexandrium, Dinophysis, and Pseudo-nitzschia) cause a change in water color when they bloom, so its not a public health risk 🙂 Ok back to our regular scheduled programming:I want to introduce you to a very important chain forming diatom in polar environments: Fragilariopsis spp.! This diatom is cold adapted – it loves low temperatures and can tolerate a wide range of salinities. Fragilariopsis spp. are found in both the Arctic and Antarctic. This genus survives the long winter with minimal sunlight, by slowing down their metabolism and expressing specialized genes that assures their survival when the light comes back in the spring. That would be like humans surviving on a single banana all winter long doing nothing but sitting on the couch until someone comes along in spring and dumps a smorgasbord of food on the coffee table! ... See MoreSee Less
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