Thanks to Bio-Blitz participants, volunteers

Thank you to all of Juneau’s fourth graders and their wonderful teachers for participating in our first ever Every Kid in a Park BioBlitz at Auke Recreation Area on May 19-20. We are extremely grateful for the sunny and warm weather, and for everyone who helped make these two days a positive experience.

Thank you to all of the parents and other volunteers who joined in to help. Every set of eyes and ears and hands was crucial! Thank you to Fran Houston, Auke Kwan, for the gracious welcome to her clan’s traditional lands. Thank you to Becky Norse, deputy regional forester, for her welcome on Thursday, and Don Martin, regional fisheries program manager, for his enthusiastic welcome Friday and for staying around to work with the students at the fisheries station.

We also had assistance from: Bernadine DeAsis and Kamal Lindoff (Douglas Indian Association), Patricia Wherry, Pat Harris, Serena Partlow, Sayde Ridling, Karla Hart, Peggy Cowan, Jeff Sauer and Emily Whitney, and Forest Service employees Barbara Schrader, Tom Huette, Elizabeth Graham, Jake Musslewhite, Christina Mounce, Melanie Roed and Gwen Baluss.

A Juneau Empire slideshow of the event is available at

Event coordinators Linda Kruger, Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, and Karen Maher, Juneau Ranger District

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