The Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge have decided that for the health and safety of our community, employees, volunteers, and visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will not proceed as planned in early May.
It takes an entire community to support Alaska’s largest, most accessible wildlife viewing opportunity, and we are grateful to have earned the community of Homer’s support for the past 28 years. It is out of care and respect for the community (and our many beloved birders), and in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, that we take this action.
We know people across Alaska and around the world will miss the event, and the festival planning committee is saddened to share this news, but we are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.
While we are not gathering together this year, we plan to return better than ever in 2021. We also find hope in our shorebirds – as they migrate north, they will continue to gather along our shores. Please stay tuned for new ways to connect with the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. As you continue to enjoy Alaska’s wildlife and wild places, please practice safe social distancing.
Posted March 18, 2020:
The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is currently delaying Festival registration in order to continue to evaluate incoming information about covid-19, our community’s health, and the Festival. We are continuously monitoring local, state, and national recommendations as we plan for the Festival. The Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges are committed to keeping the public connected to migratory shorebirds while staying healthy and informed – to this end we will continue to post timely updates on our website and Facebook page.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Festival Coordinator, Mallory, at email@example.com .
Presently, the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will proceed as planned for the 28th annual Festival, May 7-10th. With consideration of public health and in response to COVID-19, the Festival will continue to monitor state and federal recommendations concerning community gatherings in Alaska. The Festival partners, Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Festival participants, speakers and local community.
Registration for the 2020 Festival will begin Monday, March 23rd at noon as planned. If public health recommendations lead us to change our 2020 Festival plans, Festival participants will receive a full refund for Festival registration and ticket sales fees.
The Festival will continue to communicate with our participants, sponsors, and community to ensure timely and clear communication by updating our website (kachemakshorebird.org) and social media pages weekly.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Festival Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org