June 8-15, 2016, eight students and their leaders from the Alaska Songbird Institute, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Park Service traveled north on the Dalton Highway for the 2016 North for Science! expedition. They had a fantastic time! Activities included: working with a fire ecologist, helping with a snowshoe hare study, spot mapping birds, visiting with a wildlife trooper, conducting a comparison transect of a tundra area, and visiting with researchers at the University of Alaska’s Toolik Field Station. During their time camping in the central Brooks Range, they experienced hiking in hot sunny weather as well as setting up camp in a pounding rainstorm. The students were in excellent spirits and worked hard throughout.
Here’s what some of the students had to say about their 2016 North for Science! experience:
“This was a wonderful program and I feel very lucky to have experienced it.”
“You get to hike and work with amazing scientists, who take off time to teach you.”
“N4S is an amazing trip you learn so much about so many things, meet new people, make new friends, and take an adventure out to the beautiful Brooks Range.”
“North for Science [is] an awesome experience. Expect to meet a ton of different scientists and learn enough to write a field guide or two.”