2024 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival! May 8-12

The Homer, Alaska annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is co-sponsored by Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge  and made possible by the staff and many volunteers!  We’ll be welcoming the 2024 Keynote Speaker Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, the birds (and you) May 8 – 12, 2024!  Registration will open mid-March 2024, but it’s not too early to book your accommodations

The Red-necked Phalarope, chosen as the featured bird for the 32nd Annual! Festival, breed across the Arctic. They winter at sea in the open ocean, where they are most common in the Atlantic in the currents along the west coast of Africa from Morocco to Namibia. They’re also found in the Pacific in similar currents off California and Peru.

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’s 320 miles of shoreline and 30-foot tidal range create the substantial intertidal areas that attract shorebirds. The shoreline of Kachemak Bay is a prime stopover to keep them fueled for the next phase in thier journey.

(if you’re interested in volunteering, providing a tour or activity or have any questions, get in touch: kachemakshorebird@gmail.com)

See you in May, birds connect us all!