The sitka sound science center presents

SITKA WHALEFEST

November 5 – November 8 2015

ABOUT WHALEFEST

In its 19th year, Sitka WhaleFest presents a unique science festival to celebrate the marine life! The core of the festival, is a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of our northern oceans. Surrounded by community and cultural activities, the weekend events include lectures, marine wildlife cruises with beautiful scenery, a marine-themed artisan market, music, local foods, art show, interactive student sessions, and a fun run/walk. Come to Sitka WhaleFest and celebrate with us!

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FESTIVAL NEWS

2015 Theme

Life on the Boundary

Join us as we explore life and connections along the ocean edges. Each day will cover a unique boundary of the ocean: from the shallow intertidal to the deep ocean and along the edges of ice and glaciers. Speakers will take you on a journey from the history of deep sea exploration, to navigating the changing shorelines ,and finally plunging under the ice to reveal the unique life that exists in this remarkable world.

2015 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. 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 
Shallow Apex: Where Ocean & Land Meet

Day 2 
Deep Edge: Value of the Benthos

Day 3 
Frozen Border: Complexities of Ice

SPEAKERS of 2015

Chris Whitehead

Jim Harvey

Nicole Misarti

Diva Amon

Helen Rozwadowski

Steven Haddock

Mette Kaufman

Chris Larsen

Michael Castellini

NOV

6

Shallow Apex: Where Ocean & Land Meet


 

Chris Whitehead

Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins: A Partnership to Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

Jim Harvey 

Estuaries: Mammals, Birds, and Fishes that use the intersection of Ocean & Land

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

Nicole Misarti 

Mud, Garbage, and Chemistry: Unraveling the Past to Understand the Future

3:00-3:45 pm

Nov

7

Deep Edge: Value of the Benthos


 

Diva Amon 

Dinner in the Deep Sea: Whale Falls

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

Helen Rozwadowski 

Who Discovered the Deep Ocean, When, & Why? 

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

Steven Haddock 

Competing for Krill: The Diversity of Planktonic Predators

3:00-3:45 pm

Nov

8

Frozen Border: Complexities of Ice 


 

Mette Kaufman

Under the Ice 

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

Chris Larsen

Alaska’s Tidewater Glaciers

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

Michael Castellini

Big Edge: Marine Mammals at the Ice Edge, Icebergs, and Ice Shelves

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 Click here for Printable Schedule

2015 events

$10

Wine & Line

FREE

FilmFest

FREE

Art Show

FREE

Market & Cafe

FREE

Science Reception

$5

Maritime Grind

$25

5K & 10K Run/Walk

$55

Marine Wildlife Cruise

FREE

Art Workshop

$15

Marine Mingle

$45

Banquet

$5

Concert

NOV

5

Student Marine Art Reception

6:30-7:00


WhaleFest FilmFest

7:30-8:30

Nov

6

The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Chris Whitehead

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Jim Harvey

2:00- 2:45 pm


Nicole Misarti

3:00-3:45 pm


Sitka Sound Science Center Reception 

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Maritime Grind 

7:30 pm

Nov

7

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


Diva Amon

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Helen Rozwadowski

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Steven Haddock

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Marine Mingle

6:00 pm – 6:45pm


Feeding Grounds Banquet

7:00pm

Nov

8

Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 4:00 pm


Mette Kaufman

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Chris Larsen 

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Michael Castellini

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Don Sineti Family Concert

4:30 – 5:30 pm

* Click here for Printable Schedule

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.