PUBLISHED: 5:02 PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
On the schedule

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As Sitka residents and visiting attendees gather to hear an international lineup of world-renowned biologists and researchers share their current research and exciting experiences over our three day symposium. Participate in discussions with these researchers and attendees about marine mammal research and exploration.

All events held at Harrigan Centennial Hall unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Nov. 2

7-8 p.m. History of Whaling, Don Sineti, Mystic Seaport, Conneticut

Free and open to the public! (held at Sheet'ka Kwaan Na? Kahidi Community House) (Underwritten by Dave and Lisa Moore)

Friday, Nov. 3

8 a.m.-noon Adult Art Class (Symposium Registrants only)

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration/Information Table Open

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Students Marine Art Show

1-5 p.m. Poster Session*

12:30-1 p.m.Symposium Welcome

1-4 p.m. Symposium "Clues to the Health of the Oceans"

1-1:45 p.m. Sue Moore "Gray Whales as Alaskan Ecosystem Sentinels"

2-2:45 p.m. Frances Gulland "Science from Strandings: What We Can Learn from a Dead Whale"

3-3:45 p.m. Todd O'Hara "Arctic Alaska Oil: The Good, Bad & Uugly"

5:30-7 p.m. Reception with Scientists (Symposium Registrants only) (Sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast)

noon-7 p.m. The Market at WhaleFest & The Market Café, Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. Friday Night Concert-Maritime Monthly Grind (Underwritten by Wells Fargo Bank)

Saturday, Nov. 4

9 a.m. Registration WhaleFest 10K Run/5K Walk (Whale Park)

10 a.m. WhaleFest 10K Run/5K Walk (Underwritten by Moore Clinic, Inc.- Drs. Coruzzi, Golub and Totten)

9-11:30 a.m. Whale Watching Tour (Proceeds support WhaleFest)

10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Market at WhaleFest & The Market Café, Silent Auction

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Students Marine Art Show (Underwritten by Whites Pharmacy)

11 a.m-noon Good Dog Concert - Family concert - singing original nature songs inspired by the marine environment

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration/Information Table Open

1-5 p.m. Poster Session

1-4 p.m Symposium- "Whales: The Big Animals in the Big Picture"

1-1:45 p.m. Jim Darling "Why do humpback whales sing?"

2-2:45 p.m. Josh London "Mammal Eating Killer Whales in Hood Canal, Washington"

3-3:45 p.m. Phillip Clapham "Managing Leviathan: Can The Whaling Industry Be Trusted?"

6:30 p.m. Banquet with Keynote speaker, Flip Nicklin, world-acclaimed photographer for National Geographic (Underwritten by First Bank and Samson Tug and Barge)

Sunday, Nov. 5

9-11:30 a.m. Whale Watching Tour (Proceeds support WhaleFest)

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration/Information Table Open

11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Market at WhaleFest & The Market Café, Silent Auction

11 a.m.-4 p.m Students Marine Art Show

11:30 p.m. Chowder Cook-Off Judging (Sponsored by Gopher Woods)

1-3 p.m. Poster Session*

1-4: p.m. Symposium- "Seals and Sea Lions: Indicators or Anomalies?"

1-1:45 p.m. Mike Castellini "Doing Aerobics While Holding your Breath: How Seals Dive"

2-2:45 p.m. Beth Mathews "Who's eating whom? Are Predation and Competition Factors in Large Declines of Harbor Seals in Glacier Bay?"

3-3:45 p.m. Russ Andrews "Using High-Tech Gizmos to Spy on Seals and Whales in Alaska: An Attempt to Understand How Marine Mammals Cope with Changing Environments"

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sea Chantey Concert- Don Sineti, chanteyman extraordinaire (Underwritten by First National Bank of Alaska and Sandy Kincheloe)