Sea Otters and Seagrass Habitats in Alaska
Where: Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, North America
Focus: Discover the role sea otters play in maintaining the health of critical seagrass habitat.
- Adult Teams – Over 18s, although volunteers aged 15-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
- Group bookings on request.
When: Set expedition dates – Adult: May to August. Teen: June to July
Duration: 10 days
Cost: Expedition starts from – Adult: GBP 2650 | Teen: GBP 2925.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct seagrass habitat and environment surveys and experiments.
- Conduct fish surveys in order to count, measure and identify fish in the seagrass bed.
- Take part in surveys to count chitons and rocky intertidal invertebrates and algae.
- Bait and set crab pots, and identify and measure the crabs captured.
- Quantify the impacts of sea otters through counting sea otter pits and identifying clam shells predated by sea otters
- Count and observe sea otter diets at each of the field sites.
- Process and separate seagrass samples and invertebrates in the lab, and preserve samples for identification.
- Enter all data recorded into computers.
Volunteers stay in a house on Prince of Wales Island near the town of Craig. The house has running water (hot/cold), and conventional toilets.
- Sleeping: Shared, same-sex rooms with bunk beds. Couple rooms can be arranged with enough notice.
- Food: 3 meals a day. Staff and volunteers cook breakfast and dinner on a rotational basis, while lunch and snacks are brought to the field.
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