Beluga whale count
“Beluga Whale” from Flickr user: Jason Pier in DC

For the next Outdoor Explorer, Charles joined the beluga count that took place on September 9th, when more than 12-hundred people gathered at viewing sites around Cook Inlet and made 260 sightings of whales. Citizen scientists recorded the location of pods, their movements, and even the identity of individual whales. The main thing about the day was being outdoors in the sun with a lot of other people who love this place and were eager to learn more about these magnificent animals.


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Verena Gill – marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Aly Weber – college student enrolled in the Semester by the Bay program
  • Rachel Price – college student enrolled in the Semester by the Bay program
  • Suzanne Steinert – Founder of the Beluga Whale Alliance
  • John Kurland – NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Assistant Regional Administrator
  • Ethan Berkowitz – Anchorage city mayor
  • Alex Havens – of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
  • Mandy Migura – Cook Inlet beluga recovery for NOAA Protected Resources Division


BROADCAST: Thursday, September 21, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, September 28, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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