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. 

Complete festival details including the schedule of events is available at www.homeralaska.org. Pre-registration opens on Wednesday, March 30th, online and through the printed program. Program will be available March 30th, in Homer at the Chamber of Commerce and the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Call the Homer Chamber at 235-7740 for a list of other Alaska-wide locations where the program is available.

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.

As the event nears we will feature additional information and stories relating to the Shorebird Festival right here as well.

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