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2018 Belugas Count!

NOAA Fisheries and partners invite the public to help count Cook Inlet beluga whales in the greater Anchorage area.



Two Locations: Upper Cook Inlet and the Alaska Zoo

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. : Cook Inlet Belugas Citizen Count, Upper Cook Inlet

14 public staffed, shore-based viewing stations throughout Cook Inlet, from Homer to the Mat Su Valley (Bring your camera and binoculars!)

1 -5 p.m. : Beluga Festival, Gateway Building at the Alaska Zoo

Join us at the Alaska Zoo’s Gateway Complex (see map) for an afternoon event featuring beluga-related presentations (in the downstairs classroom), storytime with Anchorage Public Library’s Muldoon Youth Services Librarian, Kristin Nevin for an Animals of Alaska Storytime (for ages 0-5 and their families), plus fun activities for the whole family. Booths include displays and activities from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,  Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Alaska Zoo, Belugas Photo-ID project, Alaska Audubon, NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Forest Service, and Cook Inlet keeper. Note: Admission is free to the event only and the event is hosted outside Zoo gates. 

Beluga Festival - Zoo Activities

Every 30 minutes:  1:15 PM- 4:15 PM Animals of Alaska 15 minute storytime (for ages 0-5 and their families). Librarian Kristin Nevin's stories start at quarter past and a quarter before the hour.
1:30 p.m.                             

Mystic Aquarium:

What belugas in Connecticut can tell us about belugas in Cook Inlet

2:15 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium:

Beluga Ambassadors - What experts learn from caring for belugas and how it can help wild populations

3:00 p.m.

SeaWorld San Antonio:

Update on the Cook Inlet beluga calf rescued in 2017

3:45 p.m.

Shedd Aquarium:

Using animal husbandry to inform beluga research, health, and welfare

4:30 p.m.

NOAA Fisheries:

Update on beluga conservation and recovery



Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/09/2021

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