The Kodiak National
Wildlife Refuge has a brand new presence in downtown. The new visitor center
has a variety of fun activities and exhibits for the public to check out. Mary
Donaldson has more.
new Wildlife Refuge and Visitors
Center opened its doors
for the first time in November. Since then, it has seen over 6,000 visitors through
the doors. Now that summer has arrived, I called Tina Shaw, the visitor center
manager, to see how the building’s first tourist season is shaping up.
She says so far it has been going very smoothly.
(Shaw 1 :13s “…a real draw for folks.”)
the crowds she sees at the visitor center range from children to elders, and
with the state ferries and cruise ships arriving regularly, the traffic at the
center has definitely risen.
that there are plenty of exhibits, both temporary and permanent, that the
public are welcome to come and view.
(Shaw 2 :28s “…to keep them out of the Wildlife Refuge.”)
says in addition to the exhibit hall, the downstairs has a few cetacean-themed
(Shaw 3 :25s “…and bears just discovering it.”)
Shaw says in
the future, there will be more photos and information on how the whale made its
way to the visitor’s center.
She also says the refuge center now
has a Kodiak chapter of a regional friends group, which aims to educate people
all around the globe on the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The group is also
working on bringing a film festival to town.
(Shaw 4 :21s “…join our meetings.”)
The Kodiak Wildlife
Center is located on Center Street across
from both the Baranov
Museum and the ferry
terminal. The summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, with free
HOST TAG: Those
interested in joining the regional friends group can find out more by e-mailing
kodiak friends-at-gmail-dot-com or by calling 487-2626.