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Beaks, Bubbles, & Burrows

from Alaska SeaLife Center

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Penguins may not live in Alaska, but we do have Alcids and diving sea ducks! These incredible diving sea birds live in the Arctic and sub-Arctic waters around Alaska. And, unlike penguins, they can fly as well as dive. See how they stay warm in the cold oceans, and find out what other adaptations allow them to dive underwater, catch fish, and dig burrows. Featured are: tufted & horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, eiders, long tailed ducks and harlequin ducks.

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About This Program


By Request: $180.00

Price includes materials for up to 30 students. Extra materials are available for $1.00 per student.

$20.00 will be added to reservations made less than three weeks in advance.
Sessions for international schools may include extra postal fees.
Sites that book five or more sessions at once will be discounted $10.00 per session.


55 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5 recommended

Maximum participants:

30 recommended; 60 possible

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available every day, beginning any time after 7am Alaska time (11am Eastern time). Please see our website for seasonal recommendations by time zone.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full cost. No fee for programs cancelled due to weather-related or similar school closures.

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Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK
United States

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a world-class marine science facility that combines a research mission with an animal rescue and rehabilitation program and public education. The center incorporates exhibits that immerse the visitor in the marine ecosystem of Alaska and provide opportunities to view animals in naturalistic habitats and research settings.

Darin Trobaugh

Program Details


1. This program begins by outlining some common characteristics of birds.
2. Students then examine the different types of alcids and sea ducks living here at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
3. While observing the birds' morphologies and behaviors, we talk about how these birds are especially adapted to diving, fishing, and living in cold water.
4. Students review the lesson by creating their own colorful clay puffins with the instructor!
5. Time is provided for students to ask any additional questions, while watching the resident birds.


Students will be able to:
• Describe the unique characteristics that make a bird a bird.
• Identify at least two species of seabirds that live in Alaska.
• Compare the bills of two different species of birds.
• Describe three adaptations that seabirds have to survive in cold seawater.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The following National Academic Science Standards for grades K-3 are addressed within this program:

Science as Inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

Life science
• The characteristics of organisms
• Organisms and their environments