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Salty Ducks!

from Alaska SeaLife Center

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Students will learn about Steller's eiders and factors affecting their breeding population in Alaska.  Through hands-on activities we will explore the different ways scientists are studying the impact of increased salinity on newly hatched Steller's eider ducklings at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $180.00
Point to Point Premium: $180.00

Program cost includes materials for up to 30 students.


55 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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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. The program begins with an introduction to Steller's eiders and their population status.
2. We then describe some of the husbandry work here at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
3. We explore the link between husbandry, labwork and fieldwork as we look at how scientists are studying the effects of salinity on newly hatched eider ducklings.
4. Students estimate the salinity of a water sample, measure the size of a duckling, and look for eider food in a (virtual) pond sample.
5. There is always time for student questions!


Participants will...
... understand the current population status of Steller's eiders in Alaska.
... develop an appreciation for increasing salinity levels in the coastal Alaskan tundra ecosystem.
... understand how scientists monitor duckling growth and use that as a tool for assessing duckling health..

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards:

State Standards

Alaska Science Performance Standards:
[3-5] SA 1.1, 1.2
[3-5] SA 3.1
[4] SC2.1
[3-5] SC2.2
[6-8] SA 1.1
[8] SC2.2
[9-11] SA 1.1
[9-10] SC 2.3