Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Kachemak Crane Watch

Watch the skies over the few next weeks. Sandhill canes are returning to the Kenai Peninsula. They've already been spotted in the air. Nina Faust of Kachemak Crane Watch spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson this week and says she has reports of crane sightings, but hasn't yet received reports of a sandhill crane touchdown. 

“The last few years from 2017 forward, there were fairly early March 29th in 2017, April 7th in 2018, April 2nd in 2019 and April 9th in 2020. And then this year, the first report was on April 1st,” said Faust

Kasitsna Bay Lab

The Kachemak Bay Science Conference and Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Symposium will be March 15th through the 18th .

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The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies takes the wheel on the Coffee Table this morning. 

Click on the audio below to hear host, Kathleen Gustafson and panelists from CACS: Beth Trowbridge - Executive Director, Katie Gavenus - Program Director, Henry Rieske - Wynn Nature Center /CoastWalk Coordinator and Shannon Moore. School Coordinator/Peterson Bay Field Station coordinator.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot changes on individuals and organisations worldwide. Locally, non-profits have been scrambling to raise funds in new and different ways in an effort to make up for lost opportunities.
    Case in point: the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. In the wake of the cancelation of its main fundraiser this spring, it has shifted gears and is going online. Center board member Kelli Parker explains

Katie Gavenus

Scientists and educators from 17 different countries are on a project in the central Arctic, embedding a German research vessel, the Polarstern, in the Arctic sea ice for a year.

Local science educator Katie Gavenus from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies recently returned from six weeks on the Akademik Federov, a support vessel that brought in fresh scientists and technicians, planted sensors in the ice and assisted the Polarstern in gathering and sending data. She sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to talk about her work.


Today is a travel day for Katie Gavenus. She’s the program director at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. Often, when she’s packing she’s headed for Peterson Bay Field Station or to join the crew of the Tiglax. But today, she’s flying to Norway to join the MOSAiC Expedition, organized by The Alfred Wegner Institute based in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Kachemak Bay Science Conference

This week's Coffee Table is a preview of The Kachemak Bay Science Conference. Guests: Syverine Bentz from Kachemak Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, Beth Trowbridge, Executive Director of The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and Sue Saupe of Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. The conference is March 7 - 11. It is free to attend. Register at:

CoastWalk Volunteers Clean Up Local Beaches

Nov 3, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

For over 30 years, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer has organized its annual CoastWalk.

As part of the program, hundreds of volunteers collect trash on Kachemak Bay beaches each fall. Many of those volunteers return year after year to the same stretch of beach.

Marine Mammal Camp Nurtures Budding Scientists

Aug 26, 2016
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

The phrase “summer camp” usually brings to mind images of toasted marshmallows, campfires and wobbly canoe trips.

One thing that you won’t find at a typical summer camp? Bones.

Field Trip to Peterson Bay

Oct 7, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI / Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Summer is officially over and with it goes many of the outdoor activities Alaskans and visitors love. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer takes advantage of the summer months to give people a chance to enjoy kayaking, berry picking, and long hikes in different areas of Kachemak Bay. The goal is to teach people about the diversity of the area’s environment. Before the last days of summer KBBI’s Quinton Chandler followed a group of nature lovers and a Coastal Studies naturalist for a tour of Peterson Bay.