The Kenai Marine Mammal Monitoring Project (KMMP) is a monitoring effort that explores the occurrence of marine mammals in the lower reaches and mouth of the Kenai River. Participation in this project is open to the public and we are currently seeking volunteers to assist with monitoring sessions. As a participant, you’ll learn about scientific monitoring for marine mammals while exploring your local watershed!
When: Our monitoring season lasts from March – May 2018 and possibly longer depending on participant interest. All monitoring sessions occur during daylight high tides when marine mammal and prey activity tends to increase in near-shore areas.
Where: Monitoring takes place from several designated shore-based sites throughout the lower Kenai River.
Who: Ideal for anyone interested in gaining monitoring experience while enjoying the great outdoors. Participation is voluntary and all participants must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers complete a brief orientation prior to assisting in monitoring efforts and may participate in as many or as few monitoring sessions as desired.
Contact us for detailed information regarding specific monitoring locations and times.
Other Ways to Get Involved: If you are not interested in participating in shore-based monitoring efforts but would like to share past or present Cook Inlet beluga whales sightings, you can do so here.
Photo: Guille Pozzi