Episode Summary:

Today’s episode of the podcast is about seabird monitoring in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. This is a long term research and monitoring effort that has been going on for over 30 years, and continues to provide amazing insight into the health of seabird populations that nest in the Aleutian Islands.

Our guest on this episode is wildlife researcher and filmmaker Mikaela Howie, who spent four months living on the small island of Aiktak in the Aleutians working on this long-term seabird monitoring project. Mikaela has some great information to share about the importance of this research, but perhaps even more compelling are her insights into what it’s like to live in one of the most remote places on the planet for four months.

Mikaela lived and worked on the tiny island of Aiktak with one fellow field biologist. Together they had to not only survive the extreme conditions on the island, but work together to conduct this extremely important seabird research. On top of that, Mikaela was shooting for a short documentary about her experience on the island!

Mikaela’s documentary, “Aikhag: A Personal Journey” will be released alongside this podcast episode and paints a vivid picture of life on this extremely remote island. Mikaela talks about what it was like shooting for this film and piecing her story together while dealing with the obstacles of her very unusual living situation.



Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Mikaela’s blog about her time on Aiktak

Eyes on Conservation mentorship program – submission info


Mikaela’s Film – Aikhag: A Personal Journey


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