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Pinks run in places never seen before in bay

All around Kachemak Bay the past weeks, people have reported large runs of pink salmon in places never seen before — at least in significant numbers. Last week at Beluga Slough, pink salmon ran all the way up into the slough and in a drainage ditch leading to the city’s stormwater drainage system. At Mariner Park on the Homer Spit last Friday, children from Little Fireweed Academy working on the Burning Basket ran up a small creek leading into the slough and yelled “Salmon! Salmon!” at pinks passing by.

Gardeners Weekend explores challenging local climate

Homer gardens can be festive, or restive, refined, or wildly imaginative. Come July 29 and 30: Gardeners’ Weekend, sponsored by the Homer Garden Club, will celebrate the art of gardening in our sometimes challenging climate. The event will kick off with a keynote talk on Saturday followed on Sunday by open-gate tours of five uniquely charming gardens for your viewing pleasure. The tour will culminate in a reception on the lovely grounds of the Bear Creek Winery.

Time to tidepool

What happens rarely, features lots of red-and-green things and brings gifts? Nope — it’s not Christmas, but the big summer low tides. Since late April, a string of minus 4 foot tides have sucked the sea out, exposing rocks and tidepools and revealing sea stars, nudibranches, chitons, anemones and marine invertebrates. Naturalists put on their rubber boots, get out their identification charts and slosh out to sea.

Shorebirds visit right on time

As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.

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