Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival: May 5-8, 2011

Photo by Karl Stoltzfus

2011 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Keynote Speaker Carl Safina

  • Saturday night Keynote: Carl will discuss, read from and show images from his latest book The View from Lazy Point, an exploration of how nature and human dignity require each other.
  • Sunday presentation: Carl will present his book A Sea in Flames, about the oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in the summer of 2010.

 A sampling of What’s New:

  • Beginning Photography
  • Be a Better Birder Panel
  • Birding Bhutan
  • Birding the Southern Ocean
  • The Big Spit Birding Challenge

A Sampling of Participants’ Annual Favorites:

  • Birding Beluga Slough & Bishop’s Beach
  • Birding by Ear
  • Homer Hot Spots Tours
  • Live Bird Presentations
  • Shorebird Viewing Stations
  • Shorebirding by Ear

 A Sampling of Arts & Entertainment:

  • Arts, Crafts, Gifts & Education Fair
  • Birding through  Art
  • Field Casting with Festival artist Lynn Marie Naden
  • Migration Family Fun Run
  • Mr. Whitekeys Multi-Media Performance
  • Shorebirds Sing at the Salty Dawg Saloon
  • Smokey Bay Music Festival
  • The Best of the On the Wing concert of Poetry & Song

For more information or to be added to the mailing or e-mail lists contact Christina Whiting, Festival Coordinator at 907-235-7740 or shorebirdster@gmail.com. The Shorebird Festival is cosponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Homer angler wins annual winter king tournament

2011 Winter King Salmon Derby Winner Michael Walls

The 18th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament was held on Saturday, March 19, on Kachemak Bay for 858 anglers and 248 boats with a total catch of 135 fish. It was an incredibly beautiful sunny day, made just right for a great day of fishing.

It was a winning day for angler Michael Walls of Homer, who landed the biggest salmon while fishing on “Dynamike”. Michael’s fish weighed in at 30.0 lbs winning $18,018 in cash for his fish. Michael, as captain of the “Dynamike”, also was awarded the John Hillstrand Memorial Trophy, in honor of the late John Hillstrand. Michael also took home $19,687.50 in boat side bet winnings.

Second place winner was John Lund of Anchorage who won $12,012 fishing on the My Toy with captain Clay Norvell who won $3,150 in boat side bets.

Total prize payout awarded to the top 10 finishers was $64,350.00. Boat side bet winners took home $41,081.25, totaling overall $105,431.25 in cash prizes and over $10,629.00 in merchandise prizes.

Homer: possibly the busiest town on the west coast

Photo by Roy Reich: greater white-fronted geese

If you can’t find anything to do in the city of Homer, AK, you aren’t looking very hard. Homer has a very active local Chamber of Commerce organizing events year-round, a wealth of non-profit organizations and clubs, research facilities, public and private galleries and generally just a huge amount of community-minded individuals and volunteers who help to make sure there is never a dull moment. While the summer is hands-down the busiest season – as it is statewide – Homer has a lot to offer in winter activities as well. In fact, this weekend holds their annual winter king tournament. However, since winter is now turning into spring, locals are preparing for one of the largest pre-summer gatherings on the Kenai Peninsula.

The 19th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is May 5-8, 2011, featuring keynote speaker Carl Safina addressing his two books A View from Lazy Point and A Sea in Flames. This celebration of spring and the hundreds of thousands of birds that migrate annually to Kachemak Bay is a weekend full of fun for the entire family. Offering experienced guides, presenters and naturalists, there will be more than 50 events including workshops, presentations, field events, tours by boat, kayak, bus and van, guided walks and hikes, shorebird viewing stations, a Jr. Birder program, live bird presentations and numerous arts and entertainment opportunities. 
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The Alaska App: mobile guide to AK’s best destinations

Roughly two years ago, the Alaska Channel contacted the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (and other organizations throughout the state) about an idea. That idea was this amazing iPhone app. KPTMC was quick to partner with them as much as possible in the development of this app to include key points of interest on the Kenai, including the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail System, contact with our local business owners and visitor centers and much, much more. Currently the app is only available for the iPhone, but an Android version will be released by this summer. Please read on as we share with you the highlights of the app.

Imagine yourself exploring Alaska with locals who tell you the best places to visit, fascinating stories, where to spot wildlife, and what to listen and look for. Whether you’re planning a vacation or traveling in Alaska, The Alaska App is your ultimate guide to The Last Frontier.
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