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Whales & Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure

Whales & Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure

Gastineau Guiding Company created this exciting tour program to look for ways to foster connections between citizens and science. With the help of two local non-profits, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation a tour with purpose was born. Our objectives include sampling phytoplankton to identify possible "red tide" outbreaks, contributing photographs to aid in the identification of area humpback whales and mammals, providing baseline data for several researchers throughout the state of Alaska, and contributing to online citizen science databases utilized by researchers around the country. During each summer season cruise line travelers' direct participation and observation can give a little something back, deepening our understanding of local wilderness and wildlife.
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Topic - whale, phytoplankton, phenology, marine mammal

Audience - traveler, tourist, cruise, passenger, visitor

Location - Juneau, Alaska, Southeast, Inside Passage

Goals - research, data, collection, observation, sample

Other - evasive species, time lapse, glacier



Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation

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Bob Janes, President/Owner email Bob


Jeremy Gieser, Director of Tours and Marketing email Jeremy


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