Update from Alaska!!!!!

We’ve been in Alaska just over a week now.  The expedition has been spectacular!  Today we made a trip into town for showers, laundry, phone calls home, and souvenir shopping.  I put a couple of pictures onto one of my Flickr pages.  Sorry I couln’t include more.  Poncho has taken over 1000 pictures, I’ve taken close to 400, and all the other students have taken quite a few as well.  So there will be plenty of pictures to post when we get back.  Last night I had the students jot down a few thoughts to include in this blog entry.  Here’s what the students have to say about the trip so far.   

Poncho

Hi my name is PONCHO, I am in Alaska right now it is really amazing.  I feel like I am in national geographic and I have not showered in like eight days. I feel so disgusting but it is so worth it because it makes me feel like a real scientist or a homeless person. This is so much fun and I feel so lucky that we have been able to experience this! -PONCHO

 Leah

Hey!! I’m in Alaska and it’s really amazing. We are studying kittiwakes which is a kind of seabird and we are staying in tents right by the colony. The kittiwakes are hatching and handling the chicks have been a lot of fun - one bit me, ouch! The adults hurt even more, ouch! I have seen seven bald eagles and I saw a gigantic glacier. -Leah

David

Wow, Alaska! Needless to say it is very different from Georgia. The air is clean and the mountains are amazing. We have been working with Kittiwakes (glorified sea gullsJ).  They are actually pretty cool birds, if you don’t mind the pooooooooooooooooooo! One of the coolest experiences that I have ever had will always be swimming and bathing next to a 10,000 plus year old glacier, then seeing giannnnnnnnt chunks break off. This was an awesome experience and I hope you get to share in it one day! -David

Ali

Hey, hey, hey! As you can guess, I am with the Bio group from good ‘ol mount p. here in Alaska. It has been an amazing experience so far and I’m looking forward to the next week to come. I have seen some things that I have never thought I’d get the chance to see, like a Bald Eagle tearing the heads off of baby kittiwake chicks, Glauc Gulls dive bombing us on top of the colony and pooing all over us, and glaciers breaking of into to bay. It has been pretty cold and miserable some days but the work that we do always makes all the hardships well worth it. I hope anyone that reads this gets the same opportunity I have had here to experience nature at its best and with great people to experience it with. -Ali Chouhdry-

Max

Soooooooooooooooooooo…. Here in Alaska… What to say… Birds… Bears…and Ali Baba.  Chicks… Chirps… and Chilly mornings. Gulls… Glaciers.. and Great days.  I never thought I would be hit in the head by the feet of rouge seagulls.  “Life is Good.” Time is pretty much a non issue.  It flies by, and never gets dark.  Being away from the hustle and bustle of life is one of the better aspects of the trip.  No T.V, cars, or showers.  Here, a person can catch their meals and cook them fresh.  I am lucky to take part in such an amazing project. -Max King-

11 Responses to “Update from Alaska!!!!!”

  1. Max Says:

    I think its pretty awesome that you went to Alaska.

  2. Jennifer P. Says:

    The fact that yall had an oppurtunity to go to Alaska and study the animals upclose is a really awesome experience.Reading your letters make me want to go too.

  3. Roger Says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska, how could or warm does it get in the summer/fall

  4. Maryclaire Says:

    Alaska sounds like an amazing place to go. I bet everyone learned so much there. Alaska is such a beautiful place!

  5. Kat J. Says:

    Didn’t Taylor go to Alaska this year with her brother? Alaska sounds pretty cool. What was the temperature like when you went up there. I am not a very cold liking person. I also am not liking this weather here. It was 102 today! WOW!

  6. Emily C Says:

    I would love to go to Alaska. I love the cold climates, and I really want to travel to as many places as I can. I was actually planning on being in AP Biology when I’m old enough, so thats something extra to look forward to! Do you know what was the avereage temperature up there? I bet you saw a lot of animals. I want to be a zoologist when I grow up, so that is really intersting to me.

  7. Steph Says:

    Alaska sounds awesomw! I would love to be able to go up there to see what it looks like and studying the animals up there doesn’t sound too bad either. I’m really into animals and would love to be a vet or a trainer or something.

  8. Kat J. Says:

    Miss Baker, what exactly did you all do up in Alaska? That sounds like a larning experience! Like Emily said, I think I want to take AP classes. Do you take any other trips, and if so what have you done or plan to do?

  9. sarah Says:

    That is Amazing! I wonder if this years biology class will be able to go or if that was a separate thing. That sounds like so much fun. I wonder how much it would be to go get pooped on by a bunch of sea birds.

  10. sarah Says:

    Is anybody else up for going to Alaska during the summer?

  11. Jennifer M Says:

    That’s really cool that you all had the opportunity to be able to go to Alaska, i would like to be in AP biology someday so that’s something to look forward to!!! That would be awful to get pooped on by all those sea birds!! Eww!!

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