February 15 Fireside Lecture: Growing up on ice: How seal pups thrive in Antarctica

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center invites you to a Fireside Lecture on February 15, 2019 titled Growing up on ice: How seal pups thrive in Antarctica.

Weddell seals are the southernmost living mammal. They thrive in the harsh environment of Antarctica. Join Linnea Pearson as she reveals how the pups survive despite being born without all the tools of an adult seal.

The Friday night Fireside Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and repeats at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fireside Lectures are free of charge, and thanks to our partners at Discovery Southeast, cookies and tea are served in the lobby.

Discovery Southeast is hosting a rotating art exhibit to compliment the Fireside Chats presented by USFS at the Visitor Center. Each artist can submit one or more pieces; please email bookstore manager, AnnMarie Ellison, at AnnMarie@discoverysoutheast.org.

This season's themes are:

  • February: Salmon Forest
  • March: Lesser Known Winged Things of AK

Visitor Center Winter Hours:

The Visitor Center, Discovery Zone, and Discovery Southeast Bookstore are open all winter through March on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during Friday nights for lectures. Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open 6 a.m. to midnight, year-round.

For more information, call 907-789-0097.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

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seals in a snow cave

Photo taken under NMFS Permit # 21006




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