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Homeschool and Environmental Awareness

Today, we received an email from Chloe, an online teacher for an after school program. She told us that her class found our website while searching for resources on environmental awareness. We’re so pleased you reached out. Her student, Henry, wanted to share a great resource he found called 4 Things You Should Know About Battery Disposal And The Environment. Amazing! And yes, it’s super important to dispose of batteries, electronics, paint (basically anything with chemicals that could harm the environment) in the proper way. Thanks for sharing that.

The environment and our natural resources are very important us at Lynker. We focus on work that helps protect it for future generations. One of the main government agencies we work with is NOAA, which stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA is focused on changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts. They also conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. Knowing that most kids are learning from home right now, NOAA put together a web page full of resources for students like you: NOAA-Education at Home.

Also, this year is NOAA’s 50th anniversary. Our very talented graphic designer and artist worked on their 50th anniversary video which you can watch by going here: 50th Anniversary Video.

Lynker works with NOAA to create new software applications, send observers out on fishing vessels, and conduct scientific research. We also do community outreach about things like coral reef friendly sunscreen and helping seabirds.

Some cool things I’ve learned about NOAA while working at Lynker:

  1. They study and recommend fishing hooks that will minimize harm to protected species.
  2. They fly airplanes directly into the eye of hurricanes to gather weather information.
  3. They are the nation’s nautical chart maker, which is like a map of water-levels for boats and ships.
  4. They produce our weather forecasts and warnings.
  5. They aren’t just one office. They have six different line offices: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Marine Fisheries ServiceNational Ocean ServiceNational Weather ServiceOffice of Marine & Aviation Operations, and Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research.

I could write pages upon pages about all the amazing and interesting things NOAA does. I hope you browse through their site to discover and learn many new things.

If you’re interested, there are a few other Federal Environmental Agencies you should check out:

Lynker Observers Making Impact on Shark Survival in the Pacific

Lynker Observers Dan Landry, Kitt Langdell, Beth Runciman, Amanda Polotta, and Mario Esera are on the front lines of shark conservation and have tagged three species: oceanic whitetip, silky and bigeye threshers, providing valuable data to estimate survival.

The observers tagged sharks while at sea, which has gone into a study of shark populations in the Pacific region. Shark conservation has become a very hot topic, and we are on the front lines of collecting important, first-hand data about the size, movements, behaviors, and other population information that contributes to research and policy making in the region.

This project has been very important to shark conservation and has already had direct impacts to the outcomes of the most recent stock assessment for oceanic whitetip shark and has been used to inform management measures for best handling at the Regional Fishery Management Organization level.

Some sharks have really long deployments as shown by the Oceanic Whitetips travels below!


Lynker Leads Project Exploring Impacts of Colorado’s Future Floods, Droughts, and Wildfires

Lynker scientists Graeme Aggett & Ryan Spies presented alongside State of Colorado staff on a project Lynker is leading titled “FACE: Hazards” or “Future Avoided Cost Explorer” at the 2020 Colorado Emergency Management Conference in Loveland, CO.

This project explores the impacts of future flood, drought, and wildfire on select sectors of Colorado’s economy. Lynker is working with DHSEM, CWCB, DOLA, and FEMA Region VIII to develop an analysis and visualization tool to help local officials recognize and adapt to these three major hazards facing Colorado.

9 Lynker Employees Receive NOS Team Member Awards!

Lynker President Joe Linza and Lynker Vice President Jill Meyer were on hand to help NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) officials hand out NOS Team Member of the Year and Group Team Member Awards for 2019. The following Lynker awardees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions in support of the NOS mission over the past year. Congratulations!

NOS Employees of the Year
Chris Robinson
Brenna Sweetman
Gwen Shaughnessy
Sajeed Pouydal
Robbie Greene

Team Award
Leon Geschwind
Michael Griffin
Kenneth Rainer
Shannon Lewinski

Lynker In the Field with Our Liaison Hideyo Hattori

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, is partaking in local Samoan delicacy – palolo worms! These worms are only available for a short time between mid-October and early November and are collected with a net for preparation in many local dishes. Hideyo collected and prepared these worms himself for our jurisdictional workshop here in American Samoa!


Fisheries Observer & Scientist is Helping to Save Seabirds

Hollyann Naholowaa is a Fisheries Observer & Scientist with Lynker in Honolulu, HI. Hollyann also volunteers to bring back Hawaii’s avian biodiversity by creating safe places for seabirds that call Hawaii home. Many of Hawaii’s birds are facing numerous threats to their populations. “With a lot of hard work and a little bit of a MacGyver attitude, we are helping Hawaii’s seabirds weather the storm that is climate change.” She’s creating ‘islands within islands’ – predator proof areas for safe nesting. She’s diving into predator control by baiting mouse traps, checking bait stations, fixing traps, and weeding and clearing predator grid trails. She also creates customized diets and feeds the chicks. End result… 60 healthy Bonin Petrel chicks ready for translocation!

Lynker Honors Employees at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere

Lynker celebrates with employees by giving service awards and hosting a luncheon at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Thank you to all the employees who attended the event!

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori Featured in NOAA Ocean Podcast

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, recently gave a talk on the Fa’a Samoa (“The Samoan Way”) and the amazing diversity and ecological richness of this remote archipelago.

Lynker proudly serves as the lifecycle vendor for the NOAA Office of Coastal Management – the parent organization to the Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs – and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, one of 14 federally designated underwater areas protected by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Of all the areas in the National Marine Sanctuary System, the American Samoa sanctuary is the most remote, is the only true tropical reef, and is thought to support the greatest diversity of marine life.

Marine Scientist Volunteers as Those with Disabilities

Abigail Powell (Abi) is a marine scientist working for the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Abi also volunteers as a cross country ski coach for a race team of adults and children with disabilities. The team is called the Skihawks, They started over 35 years ago and have 80 special athletes. They just had their main racing event in March and skied home with a handful of medals. Bravo! Learn more about the Skihawks at

Plannin and Evaluation Specialist Works with Search & Rescue K9 Team

Lynker employee Alyssa Miller is a Planning and Evaluation Specialist III for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Honolulu, HI. Alyssa also volunteers her time as a Training Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Urban Search & Rescue K9 Team. For 10 years she has been developing advanced first responder skills in personnel and K9 and has deployed to emergencies in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Rim. Alyssa’s K9 Team is skilled and ready to respond to disasters caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis as well as wilderness missing persons searches.