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Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival set for May 10-13

February 15th 9:56 am | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Homer will go to the birds, again, in a few months. Or rather, the birders will come to Homer.

Countless bird enthusiasts will converge on Homer in May to participate in the 26th-annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The event is scheduled for May 10 to 13.

Among the special visitors will be Noah Strycker. An associate editor of Birding magazine, Strycker is penciled in as the keynote speaker for the four-day celebration. Also, attending will be several featured presenters, including Raymond VanBuskirk, Iain Campbell and Homer's own Erin Rae D'Eimon, who will showcase "the Greater Yellowlegs," artwork through a special interpretation.

Strycker is the author of two well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines, as well as other media. He blogs regularly for the American Birding Association.

As part of the event, organizers have said the 2018 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will once again feature more than 100 activities, including the return of the Shorebird Arts and Education Fair. Field excursions, boat trips and educational talks will be available, as will the popular Junior Birders program.

Organizers expect a full listing of events to be available March 15. Registratio?will begin March 19?

Additionally, organizers said the popular bird art and trip auction fundraiser will return. The event featured Alaska artists and birds, as well as trips to locations in the area, including Hallo Bay Bear Camp, in Katmai National Park. The auction will take place online.


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