Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

32nd Annual, May 8 - 12, 2024

Thank You to all the Sponsors, Speakers, Guides, Instructors, Volunteers, who helped make the
2024 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival a
And Thank You to all who attended.
Looking forward to 2025!

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Stay in touch, with your questions and your observations!
Birds connect the world.


The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is hosted by:
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

This year’s festival offered over 100 events for all ages and abilities.
Join us in 2025 to celebrate the spring migration of Alaska’s shorebirds.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival welcomed:

Keynote Speaker
Ted Floyd

Ted is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, the award-winning flagship publication of the American Birding Association (ABA). He has written five bird books, including the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America (Harper Collins) and How to Know the Birds (National Geographic), and he has three more on the way!  The Homer Bookstore was at his presentation with books!


2024 Schantz Scholar
Adrianna Nelson

Adrianna began bird watching at nine years old when she identified a Dark-eyed Junco in her yard. She was named the American Birding Association (ABA) 2020 Young Birder of the Year (age 14-18 division).

Adrianna will shared all she's learned while traveling the country and working in various ornithology, education, or conservation positions during her Festival Presentation:The Seabird Connection: Linking Local Birds to Global Conservation.

THANK YOU to the Schantz Brothers Foundation for bringing Adrianna to our Festival!


Festival Artist
Torie Rhyan

Torie created the unique Red-necked Phalarope artwork for this year's festival.  Autographed posters and other merchandise featuring Torie's work will be available at the festival.

See you in May 2025!  Birding connects us all.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum and
Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
are key program partners and will offer education and fun activities throughout the festival targeted to a wide array of ages and skill levels.
These organizations ar active throughout the year.
Get in touch with their knowledgeable birders and researchers.

Kachemak Bay, located in Homer, Alaska, provides miles of shoreline and intertidal habitat for migrating birds. Kachemak Bay’s unique ecology, easy accessibility to beaches, and the scenic landscapes of Homer make this a prime location to experience this annual migration. Kachemak Bay is a site of International Significance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.


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It takes an entire community to successfully sponsor over 30 years of conservation education. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival could not happen without the dedication of Homer's businesses, countless volunteers, sponsors, and enthusiastic attendees.

Thank You ALL and Happy Birding!