Mark your calendars: the dates for the 24th Annual Festival are Thursday, May 12th- Sunday, May 15th, 2016.
Registration opens on Tuesday, March 22nd at Noon (AK time).
Welcome to the 24th Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer’s Annual Celebration of the Spring and Alaska’s largest wildlife viewing festival. This year we’re rolling and gliding. Try Birding by Fat Bike or Paddleboard. Tech lovers might want to try Smartphone Birding, and Digiscoping. Don’t worry, we’ll still offer your favorite activities, including Birding Hot Spots, the Junior Birder Program, and Live Bird Presentations. Have your life lists handy- this weekend holds the possibility to spot over 130 migratory bird species, along with Homer’s plentiful resident seabirds, waterfowl, and woodland birds.
In addition to the birds and viewing stations, we have many activities planned for you, including Family Bird Walks, new field excursions, and additional science talks, all led by expert guides, naturalists, and speakers. Keynote Speakers Kevin Karlson, Dale Rosselet, and Sharon Stiteler will join us for the weekend, delivering a variety of workshops and lectures. Ram Papish, our Festival Artist,will also offer workshops, and share his interpretation of the Black Oystercatcher, this year’s featured bird. Prints, t-shirts, and more will be available at Registration.
There have been some exciting changes at Festival Headquarters this year. We are pleased to introduce our new Festival partner, the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, who will continue to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to bring you the festival. Be sure to check out the Friends Information Booth at Islands & Ocean, attend the Birders Breakfast, and consider joining their efforts.
Our Bird Art Auction Fundraiser will return this year, featuring Alaskan artists and Alaskan birds. The art will be auctioned online only and can be viewed online and at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, before and during the Festival. To learn more, or to bid on the art, check back here for details.
The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival could not happen without the dedication of countless volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to everyone who helps, and everyone who attends. On behalf of the Festival Planning Committee, please join us in Homer, for this annual Celebration of Spring..
Robbi Mixon / Shorebird Festival Coordinator