ABOUT WHALEFEST


The 17th Annual Sitka WhaleFest is a program of the Sitka Sound Science Center. The event hosts a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientist, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and a fun run/walk.


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Theme

ARCTIC SEA CHANGE: WHAT'S AHEAD?


The Arctic is changing. This is an indisputable fact. How the people and animals who depend upon the Arctic will adapt to change is an open question. How will narwhals and polar bears cope with less summer ice? Bowhead whales may have their world rocked when humpbacks, fins and other baleen whales begin - they already are - feeding in their backyard. The resource users of the Arctic will need to make adjustments and changes to live in this new world. Who will be the sea winners and sea losers? These are questions we will discuss with the experts who are passionate about the Arctic.

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. We will explore emerging issues and the novel frontiers and challenges for the new Arctic throughout an entire weekend of events dedicated to celebrating our marine environment 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:


The Human Connection: Intertwining human ecology with the natural world of the Arctic

Sea winners and Losers: Who Can Adapt to Future Changes?

Through the Looking Glass: Understanding the Past to Help Predict the Future of the Arctic


SPEAKERS

Dr. Craig George

Dr. Bill Streever

Pierre Richard

Dr. Michael Castellini

Lori Quakenbush

Yulia Ivashchenko

Dr. Bodil Bluhm

George Durner

NOV

1

The Human Connection: Intertwining human ecology with the natural world of the Arctic


Don Sineti/Dr. Craig George

The cultural exchange of whaling traditions

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Pierre Richard

Peering through the lives of narwhals

2:00- 2:45 pm


Dr. Bill Streever

Users of the Arctic riding the changing tide

3:00-3:45 pm

NOV

2

Sea winners and Losers: Who Can Adapt to Future Changes?


Dr. Craig George

The Stay at Home Whales: Bowheads to Belugas

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Lori Quakenbush

Are Ice Seals Arctic Survivors?

2:00 – 2:45 pm


George Durner

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Will the diminishing Arctic ice be a dead end for Polar Bears?

NOV

3

Through the Looking Glass: Understanding the Past to Help Predict the Future of the Arctic


Yulia Ivashchenko

Historical whaling and the future of large whales in the Arctic

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Dr. Bodil Bluhm

What! No summer Arctic Ice?

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Dr. Mike Castellini

What is ahead for the changing Arctic?

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Printable Schedule


General Registration: $95.00   ($75.00 if

before October 20)  | Military: $65.00  | Full-Time Student: $50.00  | 3 lecture punch card: $35.00

EVENTS

$5

Family Concert

$25

5K Run/Walk

$55

Marine Wildlife Cruises

$5

Maritime Grind

$40

Keynote Banquet

$10

Wine & Line

FREE

FilmFest

FREE

Art Show

FREE

Science Center Reception

FREE

Art Workshop

FREE

Career Talk

FREE

Maritime Market & Café

OCT

31

Student Marine Art Reception

6:30-7:00


WhaleFest FilmFest

7:30-8:30

NOV

1

The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Don Sineti & Dr. Craig George

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Pierre Richard

2:00- 2:45 pm


Dr. Bill Streever

3:00-3:45 pm


Sitka Sound Science Center Reception

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Maritime Grind

7:30 pm

NOV

2

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

10:00 – 5:00 pm


Dr. Craig George

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Lori Quakenbush

2:00 – 2:45 pm


George Durner

3:00 – 3sineps:45 pm


Keynote Banquet

6:30 pm

NOV

3

Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Yulia Ivashchenko

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Dr. Bodil Bluhm

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Dr. Michael Castellini

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Don Sineti Family Concert

4:30 – 5:30 pm

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
email: sitkawhalefestdir@gmail.com