KACHEMAK BAY BIRDERS
Kachemak Bay Birders, established in 2008, is an informal organization of individuals interested in birds, birding, and the conservation of birds. We have no membership fees; our meetings and trips are free and open to the public.
2018 Year of the Bird
The following organizations have undertaken a bold initiative and named 2018 “The Year of the Bird”, to mark, in part, the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a vital piece of legislation protecting migratory birds.
Throughout the year, these organizations will identify simple ways you can help protect bird species. To sign up to receive the notifications go to: www.birdyourworld.org
The Kachemak Bay Birders will also be identifying ways you can help protect those bird species that call the Kenai Peninsula home – be it year-round residents or our summer resident birds. For more information go to our “Year of the Bird” page.
2018 Bird of the Year – Semipalmated Plover
The votes are in and the winner of Kachemak Bay Birder’s 2018 “Bird of the Year” is the Semipalmated Plover.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL OUR MEETINGS WILL START AT 5:00 PM!!
November 26th–Monthly Meeting and Presentation by Marc Romano–Journey to St. Matthew: Surveying for Rare Birds on Alaska’s Most Remote Islands
During the summer of 2018, Marc Romano, a Wildlife Biologist with Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, led a team of scientists to the St. Matthew Islands to conduct population studies of McKay’s Bunting and Pribilof Rock Sandpiper. These two birds are endemic to Alaska and breed on small remote islands in the Bering Sea and winter along the Bering Sea and Cook Inlet coastlines. They are both among North America’s rarest birds, and as such are Priority Species for regional management and conservation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The St. Matthew Islands are the most remote islands in Alaska and surveys for McKay’s Bunting and Pribilof Rock Sandpiper have not been conducted on them since 2003. Marc will present images and stories from this trip and report on the preliminary findings of the surveys.
December–no regular meeting
Wednesday, December 12th Dave Erikson’s Winter Bird Identification Class. Class will be in the Auditorium at IOVC from 6-7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. A great review of our resident birds for participants in the Christmas Bird Count or a great introduction to the birds for new birders.
Saturday, December 15th Audubon’s Homer Christmas Bird Count. Meet at IOVC in the Seminar Room at 8:30 am to form teams and get your assigned area. There will be coffee/tea and some breakfast goodies…. Count all day and then return at 4:30 pm to tabulate the results and have a nice, hot potluck meal. Bring a dish to share. For more information about the CBC contact Dave Erikson, coordinator, (235-3487). For more information about the potluck, Lani Raymond 399-9477.
January 28th–Monthly Meeting and Presentation by Gary Lyon, Dale Chorman and Jim Herbert: “Aleutian Voyage”
All meetings are at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center (Homer, Alaska) and start at 5:00 pm. Presentations start right after the meeting, unless otherwise noted. All meetings are free and everyone is welcome. Co-sponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information: Lani Raymond (399-9477), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 17th, BIRDING ON THE SPIT
Meet at the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive at 11:00 am. Leader: Michael Craig (235-0631).
Saturday, January 19th, BIRDING AT THE ANCHOR RIVER
Meet at the launch parking lot at the Anchor River at 1:00 pm or at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 12:15 pm to car pool. Leader: Michael Craig (235-0631).
All trips and activities cosponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. All are free and everyone is welcome to attend.