Homer Chamber of Commerce
has to its new site at http://homeralaska.org
|November 1, 1998
For Immediate Release
Alaska will experience a special celebration of spring when the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, the state's largest wildlife festival, kicks off in May of 1999. In it's 7th year, festival participants can choose between over 50 different events, from advanced ornithology workshops, beginning backyard birding presentations, field trips and boat tours to arts events and children's activities
Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, representing over 20 species from as far as Asia, Hawaii and South America use sites around Kachemak Bay as feeding grounds during their spring migration, Shorebirds commonly seen during the festival include Black-Bellied, American Golden, Pacific Golden and Semipalmated Plover, Hudsonian, Bar-tailed and Marbeled Godwit, Ruddy and Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher and Red-necked Phalarope.Over 100 species of pelagic, coastal and woodland birds have been seen in one day during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, including Aleutian Tern, Red-faced Cormorant, Kiftlitz's Murrelet and Eurasian Widgeon.
Let's Celebrate Spring!
The whole community and visitors from around the state and the country gather every year to witness the return of the shorebirds and to take part in the festivities. Join us for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.
Located on the beautiful shores of Kachemak Bay, the Homer Spit is one of the most accessible places for shorebird viewing in Alaska. Access available via a scenic 5 hour drive south of Anchorage, or take one of the many daily flights from Anchorage International Airport to Homer.
Over 100,000 shorebirds migrate through Kachemak Bay. Many travel thousands of miles resting and feeding at a very few specific critical stop-over points such as the base of the Homer Spit on their journey to the breeding grounds in the Alaska tundra.
Roadside viewing of over 20 species and flocks numbering several thousand birds is possible. Shorebirds commonly seen during the festival include: Black-Bellied, American Golden, Pacific Golden and Semipalmated Plover, Hudsonian,
The Festival's History
It all started when...In 1993 a group of Homer residents, representing environmental, economic and cultural interests, got together to dream up an event. They envisioned a festival that would educate the public about shorebirds ,and wetlands. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival was born.
Festival Dates: May 6 - 9, 1999
Sponsors: Homer Chamber of Commerce, US Fish & Wildlife
Service Contact: Dorle Scholz, Festival Coordinator
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival,
P.O.Box 541, Homer, Alaska 99603
Phone- (907) 235-7740 Fax: (907) 235-8766
BIRD HOTLINE (907)235-PEEP
|Education paid off!
Festival enthusiasm has led to protection of critical shorebird habitat. Kachemak Bay has been included in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Habitat has been acquired and city land permanently protected on the Spit, in Beluga Slough, and Overlook Park. These lands are being preserved for the future and the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival played an important part in the process.
Thousands of shorebirds of over 25 species, including
large numbers of Western Sandpipers, 25%, of the world's population of Surfbirds, Black
Turnstones, Dunlins, Shortbilled Dowitchers, Whimbrels, Hudsonian Godwits, Semipalmated
Sandpipers as well as rarities like the
Besides the "Guests of Honor", the shorebirds, many of
Visit Fish & Wildlife Shorebird web site at
|THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
will be Don & Lillian Stokes, two of the country's most popular bird and nature authors, known for their best-selling Stokes Field Guides to Birds, the Bird Watcher's Digest column The Behavior Watcher's Notebook and the TV series Bird Watch with Don & Lillian Stokes. For over 20 years the Stokeses have been helping North Americans learn about birds and nature. They have taught other birders, naturalists, teachers and the general public at prominent nature and science centers all across the country.
Over 50 events including:
Shorebird Viewing Stations
Guided Bird Walks
Boat and Air Wildlife Tours
Arts and Crafts Fair
Wooden Boat Festival
and Much More!!!
Call (907) 235-PEEP for updates on the latest bird sighting and festival information!
Dorle Scholz, Festival Coordinator, (907) 235-7740, fax- 235-8766
Kachemak Bay Shorebird
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