Celebrate belugas with virtual programming next week

The three-day event will include talks and activities

In this September 2017 file photo from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, beluga whales arch their backs at the surface of the water. Of the five distinct Alaskan beluga populations, only Cook Inlet is listed as endangered. (Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

The Defenders of Wildlife, a national conservation organization, is launching its 3rd annual “belugapalooza” virtual programming next week, to celebrate and raise awareness for endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet.

The three-day event will include lectures and activities.

May 18 from 4:40-5:30 p.m. kicks off, with a presentation by Jill Seymour, Cook Inlet Beluga Recovery Coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on Cook State Belugas Inlet. The event will also include a quiz. Register for the Zoom session at https://defenders-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-iurDkuGdVcz485y4bkxwsAcsVm7cYT.

Storytelling is the topic of the May 19 session, which will also run from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Different people will share their connection to belugas in the region and what they hope for the species in the future. Register for the session at https://defenders-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdu2trj8iHdB9Pcirb2nbAtmr2JI7-XN4.

The final session will be May 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and will include a presentation on the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Plan by two researchers. Register for day three at https://defenders-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-CprzMrGNBRIf5bnVO5QYK01ijyPj5i.

Contact journalist Camille Botello at [email protected]

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