22nd Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, May 8-11, 2014
Kicking off in early May, the Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, celebrates the return of spring and its many winged visitors. Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, representing over 25 species, travel from as far as Asia, Hawaii, and South America, using Kachemak Bay as a vital resting and feeding spot, en route to their breeding grounds in the Alaska tundra. During the state's largest wildlife festival, participants from around the world can choose from over 50 different events, from advanced ornithology workshops, beginning backyard birding presentations, to field and boat excursions and Junior Birder activities. This year’s event has Keynote Speaker, Bill Thompson, III, editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of 18 books about birds, and Featured Author, Noah Strycker, who recently penned Among Penguins, and is a regular contributor to many birding publications.

Just a four hour drive south from Anchorage, Homer is located on the beautiful shores of Kachemak Bay. The Homer Spit is one of the most accessible places for shorebird viewing in Alaska. Shorebirds often seen during the festival include Western and Least Sandpipers, Dunlins, Short-billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Snipe, and Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers. Aside from these “Guests of Honor,” over 210 other species of pelagic, coastal and woodland birds can be seen in the Homer area. For more information on the Web – www.kachemakshorebird.org - or call 907-235-7740.