Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center's "Coffee with a Ranger" program
is now underway. The weekly event offers visitors and residents an opportunity
to connect with experts on a variety of wildlife issues.
"Coffee with a Ranger" presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on June 24th. Naturalist Doug Stuart will discuss National
Wildlife Refuges from Kodiak to Attu.
Diana Gish has more:
most recent study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service reported that together,
Alaskans and tourists spent 581 million dollars on wildlife viewing in 2006.
That number includes the logistics involved with the activities such as food,
lodging and gear in addition to other expenses. It's the dual benefit of
economics and appreciation for wildlife that drives Alaska's Watchable Wildlife
Program and brought its coordinator to Kodiak's National Wildlife Refuge
is the Center's manager.
-- (coffee fx/Tina Shaw 1 X:xx "... a little more about their own
-- (Beth Peluso 1 X:xx "... how interconnected everything is.")
Peluso, the Coordinator of the "Watchable Wildlife Program" for the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game, explained the intent of the program.
-- (Beth Peluso 2 X:xx "... because they want to see animals.")
A LOT of
people. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service reports that 496,000 people took part in wildlife viewing
activities in Alaska
in 2006. Of that number, 208,000 were Alaskans. Peluso calls those numbers
conservative since they refer only to specific wildlife viewing activities and
exclude viewing that takes place under other circumstances. At her talk on
Wednesday, Beth Peluso explained the different aspects of "Watchable Wildlife"
and promoted her department's latest publication, "Alaska's South Coastal Wildlife Viewing
-- (Beth Peluso 2 X:xx "...promote
their community as well".)
South Coastal Wildlife Viewing Guide" is available at the Kodiak National
Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center where the "Coffee with a Ranger" program will
take place every Wednesday throughout the summer. Visitor Center Manager Tina
Shaw believes it's a great opportunity to help people connect to Kodiak's
-- (Tina Shaw 2 X:xx "... you're being talked with". )