Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

A festival for bird lovers

The 10th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be held May 9-12, celebrating the 100,000 shorebirds that migrate through our community every year.

The event was founded in 1993 through the efforts of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations. It draws hundreds of bird lovers to town, including nationally renowned experts who speak on a variety of topics.

Tideflats in Homer and at the head of Kachemak Bay provide a staging area for tens of thousands of western sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, turnstones and up to one-third of the world's population of surfbirds. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of shorebirds and the need to preserve their critical habitat through educational programs and activities. This is accomplished through identification workshops, guided shorebird viewing, art activities, museum exhibits and more.

The same weekend, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society holds its annual Wooden Boat Show, offering a glimpse of Homer-made boats, harbor tours, activities for adults and children and row-boat races.

For information on any of the events, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.