9 July, 2003
Today in Kotzebue
It was a sunny
day with a high of 51 degrees. In the early morning, with little wind,
mosquitoes were a problem.
What Science Is Happening?
Today the boat went out with Alex Whiting, Dr. Will Ambrose, Kate Meltzer and
Melinda Reynolds. I opted to stay behind (there are only so many
people the boat can comfortably take) and run samples when they
returned. So I was able to do some sight seeing in and out of town. I
walked out of town to Cemetery Hill. It is very interesting and
solitary. I was able to see out across the tundra. I hoped to find
some shed caribou antlers but no such luck. The best I was able to do
was a fin from a walrus or whale (haven’t identified it yet). I have
earned the nickname “Amie, the collector of dead things”…it fits.
I am, as yet, unable to identify the bone I found. What do you do when
you find something in nature and you don’t know what it is? The next
time you find something in nature, a flower, animals evidence, spot an
unknown species, etc. don’t just say “that’s nice”, look it up. Local
books on flora and fauna (plants and animals) and the Internet can be
great resources to identify things that are found and help students
become nature detectives. Teachers can take a nature walk, even with
young students and can look for nature evidence. Have guiding
questions: “Who lives here?” “What are the plants native to our
area?” Then help students find books and sites and help them identify
what they find. Then send them out in their own neighborhoods to
It was a solitary journey to the burial ground where generations of
past citizens of Kotzebue repose. Standing among these many loved ones
keeping their vigilant watch over the ancient city was moving
experience. The well-kept graves are an interesting juxtaposition to
the unkept cemetery. Overall, it was a spiritual experience and I’m
glad I got to see it.
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Notice Kotzebue in the background.
This is the whole arm from the unknown bone I found.
Me in protective gear, mosquitoes can be bad on the marshy tundra.
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