Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
  
 
Amazing Nature: Eating fish is fast and feast
Once again the store shelves are stocked with sweets and chocolates, trinkets and colorful decorations, flowers and little bunnies. Have you ever asked yourself what the bunny and the little chick have to do with the Christian celebration of Easter? The answer may surprise you. The bunny and eggs are symbols of fertility and are remnants of the Pagan spring fertility celebrations rather than the Christian celebrat...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Students meet giant pacific octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab
Students meet Giant Pacific Octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab Spring is an exciting time on land as well as in the ocean and along its shores. It’s a time to bundle up and take the kids out to explore the excitement of the waking of life and the birth of a new summer. Seaweeds, plankton, small boneless animals and fishes, and large marine mammals all are part of this cycle of life, which gets reenergized ever...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Ecosystems are large and small and found in unlikely places
What is an ecosystem? Is it large like the entire worldwide ocean or small like a drop of water? What factors are at work in ecosystems? How are the organisms in marine ecosystems connected? Ask any sixth-grade student in Kodiak this year about marine ecosystems and they should have some of these answers for you. During the past three weeks, sea urchins, kelp, crabs, sea stars, snails and hermit crabs have visited...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Jellyfish Apocalypse: Causes, Problems and Opportunities
Once every year for the last 17 years students from all over the state have flocked to Seward to compete in the annual Tsunami Bowl Ocean Science competition. This year, 20 teams from 17 high schools will try to win the honor to represent Alaska in the National Ocean Science Bowl next month in Seattle, not to mention some attractive scholarship prizes. No matter where they place, however, each student will have wo...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Love on the evolutionary mistletoe
Nearing Valentines Day the stores are packed with flowers, cards, red heart balloons, chocolates, and all sorts of gifts that are supposed to signal love to another. While commerce has derailed Valentines into a generel exchange of pleasantries to celebrate all sorts of love, there are profound differences between the love a mother feels towards her baby and the courtship of a potential mate. Obviously, these form...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Colors for camoflage in the dark ocean
These last few weeks have been heavy on my mood. Every night I fall asleep to branches rattling in the wind, the unsteady dripping rain and gusts knocking on my windows. Every walk outside results in a pile of wet and muddy clothes; even the dog is less than excited to go out. The world seems cloaked in an array of tones of gray: light gray skies, dark gray streets covered in gray mud, and my car — which used to b...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Water, Ice and Bubbles in Lily Lake
Every winter I wait for ice to skate on or snow to ski on. It often snows, but immediately rain and ice spoil the fluffy beauty making it unsuitable for skiing. Even more often it snows just as the lakes are freezing, which spoils the ice for skating. This week had both good snow and good ice! Last weekend, I got to skate to my heart’s desire on Lilly Lake. When I needed a break, I warmed up with a steaming cup at...
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Feet on the ground right after Alaska’s big one
On March 27, 1964, California geologist George Plafker was attending a research conference in Seattle when news came of a big earthquake in Alaska. “It was almost quitting time for the day at the meeting when some guys came back from the Space Needle and said they felt rocking,” Plafker said recently at his office in Menlo Park, California. “We said, ‘That’s a serious earthquake.’” It was, of course, the second-st...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Animals find home through unfamiliar territory
On Christmas Day I took my dog for what I had planned to be a nice walk at the park. I have trained and practiced with her a lot, and now she is what a friend of mine called a “part-time-good-dog,” which means she listens perfectly — most of the time. She has the ability to step behind a tree and disappear, leaving me to call and whistle and wonder where she went in the span of time it takes me to blink a snowflak...
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Sea angels and sea butterflies swirl through the oceans
It is the Christmas season and the occasional snowflake is making its way to the ground on a cold day. On my walk along the shore of Mill Bay I feel a chill wind, and the sight of the ocean surface is anything but inviting. The gray waves and their whitecaps look dangerously cold. Nonetheless, I know that millions of various animals thrive under the surface and are perfectly adapted to live in the cold water. Late...
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Search Our Marketplace
or Search by category