Jillian Worssam, July 1, 2008

NOAA Teacher at Sea
Jillian Worssam
Onboard U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Healy
July 1 – 30, 2008

Mission: Bering Sea Ecosystem Survey
Geographic Region: Bering Sea, Alaska
Date: July 1, 2008

Science Log

Our plane from Anchorage arrived at 12:30 in the afternoon and it has been a whirlwind ever since.  Robert, one of the scientists, and John, the Armada teacher were on my flight so we rented a car and decided to explore Dutch Harbor and the surrounding countryside.

While checking out hundreds of crab pots we found these amazing net structures and still haven't figures out what they catch.
While checking out hundreds of crab pots we found these amazing net structures and still haven’t figures out what they catch.

Our first objective was to look for the vessels from the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch, and well we found no boats, but lots of crab pots.  It was then on to this amazing coastal road, wow!  What scenery! We spent over four hours driving around the island and even though it was after eight o’clock at night upon our return, the sun was high in the sky when we spotted what appears to be an arctic fox on the bluff on the side of the road.

While driving around the coast of Unalaska, this is the type of scenery we were fortunate enough to see.
While driving around the coast of Unalaska, this is the type of scenery we saw.

I am at the edge of the Bering Sea, I have been given a gift and today is just the beginning of my adventure, isn’t life grand! As this is my first journal from the field I think it will end with a quote, who knows I might even start a trend.

“Tough the earth, love the earth, honor the earth: her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas: rest your spirit in her solitary places.”     Henry Beston

This could be an arctic fox, and as we watched, it continued to howl in a voice I have never heard before. I still have goosebumps from the sound!
This could be an arctic fox, and as we watched, it continued to howl in a voice I have never heard before. I still have goosebumps from the sound!

FOR MY STUDENTS:  Can you find another author who has quotes honoring the earth?

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