Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

32nd Annual, May 8 - 12, 2024

Thank YOU
to all who participated in the 2023 Festival!

If you would like to receive email notices of upcoming events
and the 2024 Festival, email kachemakshorebird@gmail.com

View/Download 2023 Program

The 2023 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
Species tally can be found HERE
along with updates on all the birds of Kachemak Bay.

Join us for next year's festival,
scheduled for May 8 - 12, 2024

If you are interested in presenting or volunteering, please email:

The Red-necked Phalarope has been chosen as the 2024 featured bird!

Co-hosted by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, this year’s festival program fulfilled our promise  to offer an array of events to celebrate the spring migration of Alaska’s shorebirds.

Kachemak Bay (near 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.  

See you in May!  Birding connects us all

We will welcome:

Keynote Speaker: Ted Floyd

Festival Artist:  Homer resident Torie Rhyan  is creating the artwork featuring the
Red-necked Phalarope.

Signed Posters and wearables with the 2023 art are STILL available
in the Alaska Geographic Bookstore
the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center,
95 Sterling Hwy., Homer
OR you can order hoodies, sweatshirts & Ts online
for delivery to address of your choice!

This event is just one way that the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and each member of the organization helps to support all 16 of Alaska's National Wildlife Refuges through education, support, and advocacy.

JOIN TODAY at any membership level and learn about the opportunities around the state throughout the year. We will match your time and talents with the needs of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges.

(Donations are tax-deductible.)

Festvial participants enjoyred tours and talks by knowledgeable Alaskan birders and researchers. THANKS to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the Pratt Museum and Park our key program partners.

The Festival did continuie to expand our events to serve a wider demographic through programs such as the All Abilities Birding Outing and the Teen Birders activities. We invite people of all ages and abilities to join us for guided birding excursions, wildlife viewing, and kayaking tours at locations around Kachemak Bay.

If you have questions, suggestions for 2024 or would like to be on our mailing list, just get in touch with Melanie Dufour, the Festival Coordinator, at kachemakshorebird@gmail.com or 907-226-4631

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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!