In Adak we have tried to help with the Bunkhouse Chats. A bunkhouse chat is an informal chance for locals and visitors to talk with researchers, scientists, and other wayward souls. As an outpost of western conveniences, Adak hosts many scientists and researchers on their way farther afield. Others hunker down and conduct their research right on the island. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a bunkhouse where they can stay (boy does it have a NICE kitchen!) that has a big living room that is perfect for hosting a chat. Carrie makes treats, usually with some local ingredients (like petrushki crackers or nagoonberry pound cake). Sometime in summer 2016 while Witty was attending summer camp on Adak Island, she got to go to a bunkhouse chat.
Witty liked the pictures of birds on the walls.After the chat, Witty taught the other cats what she learned. These researchers were trying to learn about seals. They were concerned that numbers of seals had dropped. For several years, they had been attaching tags to seals’ heads and flippers. The tags can be tracked and thus build maps of where and how far seals travel. The cats were all very interested in the seal tagging project but are not sure they like the idea of the tags. They worry they might bother the seals.