The sitka sound science center presents

SITKA WHALEFEST

November 6 – November 9 2014

ABOUT WHALEFEST

The 18th Annual Sitka WhaleFest is a program of the Sitka Sound Science Center. The event hosts a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientist, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and a fun run/walk.

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FESTIVAL NEWS

2014 Theme

Gizmos & Gadgets: The Technology that Rocks Our World

Closely linked in our society, technology and science are the gears that move mankind through time. The advancement of technology has revolutionized the way we live and learn by helping to uncover complexities in nature. Technology has improved our understanding of the marine world. From satellite tagging seals to installing tiny deep water cameras to observe sperm whale behavior, marine research tools have advanced dramatically. Come to Sitka WhaleFest 2014 and learn about the techniques used in the past, the gadgets currently advancing marine research and the potential of future technology. 

2014 Science symposium

World-renowned scientists come to Sitka to share their current research findings on a wide range of subjects during a three-day symposium. This innovative science outreach program gives future scientists and lifelong learners opportunities to meet and learn from a diverse group of scientist who are passionate about their research. We will explore emerging issues and the novel frontiers and challenges for the new Arctic throughout an entire weekend of events dedicated to celebrating our marine environment Each afternoon, symposium participants and guest speakers will explore a daily theme connected to the overall theme of the symposium. Questions and discussion will involve the following topics:

Day 1: Gadgets for Whale Size Problems

Day 2: What Makes Pinnipeds Tick

Day 3: Technology Through Time 

SPEAKERS

Michael Castellini

Reid Brewer

Coming Soon...

Russ Andrews

Lauren Wild

Jan Straley

Michael Moore

Jo-Ann Mellish

Martin Haulena

coming soon….

NOV

7

Gadgets for Whale Size Problems


Jan Straley & Lauren Wild

Thinking Like a Sperm Whale

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Michael Moore

Big Needles for Big Whales

2:00- 2:45 pm


Russ Andrews

Spying on the Underwater Lives of Whales

3:00-3:45 pm

Nov

8

What Makes Pinnipeds Tick


Michael Castellini

Early Pinniped Research & Ancient Gizmos

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Martin Haulena

Talk Title

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Jo-Ann Mellish

Til Death Do Us Part: Discovering Sea Lion Secrets

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Nov

9

Technology Through Time


Speaker 1

Talk Title

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Speaker 2

Talk title

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Reid Brewer

The Technology That Rocks Our World

3:00 – 3:45 pm

General Registration: $95.00   ($75.00 if before October 6th) |Military:$65.00  |Full-Time Student: $50.00  |3 lecture punch card: $35.00

2014 events

$10

Wine & Line

FREE

FilmFest

FREE

Art Show

FREE

Market & Cafe

FREE

Science Center Reception

$5

Maritime Grind

$25

5K & 10K Run/Walk

$55

Marine Wildlife Cruise

FREE

Art Workshop

$15

Marine Mingle

$40

Banquet

$5

Concert

NOV

6

Student Marine Art Reception

6:30-7:00


WhaleFest FilmFest

7:30-8:30

Nov

7

The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Lauren Wild & Jan Straley

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Michael Moore

2:00- 2:45 pm


Russ Andrews

3:00-3:45 pm


Sitka Sound Science Center Reception

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Maritime Grind

7:30 pm

Nov

8

Registration for 5/10K Run or Walk

9:00 am


Start of 5/10K Run or Walk

10:00 am


Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


Kid’s Art Workshop

9:00 – 12:00 pm


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Michael Castellini

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Jo-Ann Mellish

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Speaker 3

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Marine Mingle

6:00 pm – 7:00pm


Feeding Grounds Banquet

7:00pm

Nov

9

Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 4:00 pm


Speaker 1

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Speaker 2

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Reid Brewer

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Don Sineti Family Concert

4:30 – 5:30 pm

SITKA, AK

Travel

Stay

Beautiful Sitka lies along the coastal edge of Baranof Island in the Tongass National Forest and spectacular Southeast Alaska. This remote community, with its myriad forested islands and rugged coastline, is home to whales and other marine mammals that can be observed each November during Sitka WhaleFest. Enjoy delicious local seafood and shop Sitka’s many galleries and shops. Sitka’s weather this time of year is in the 40′s and lower 50′s. Rain or shine, the celebration will go on!

Contact us

Sitka WhaleFest 834 Lincoln Street Sitka, Alaska 99835
phone: 907.747.8878 ext. 2
email: whalefest@sitkascience.org







Photography credit: Tim Shobe, Foggy Lens Photography, Madison Kosma and Caitlin Blaisdell.