Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

31st Annual, May 3 - 7, 2023


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The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
May 3-7, 2023!

Co-hosted by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, this year’s festival program promises 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.  

134 bird species were identified during the 2022 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. 

We welcome:

Keynote Speaker Diego Calderon
Featured Author Julia Zarankin

Festival Artist Mattie Squire has created the artwork featuring the mysterious Kittlitz's Murrelet.
The Schantz Scholar Oscar Wilhelmy will be sharing his birding story and leading the way on trails.

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.)

We hope you’ll also enjoy presentations from the Schantz Scholar along with tours and talks by knowledgeable Alaskan birders and researchers. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the Pratt Museum and Park are key program partners and will offer education and fun activities throughout the festival.

The Festival is continuing to expand our events to reach 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 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!