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.
MEETINGS/OTHER EVENTS and INFORMATION
Thursday, December 15th Dave Erikson’s Class: “Winter Bird Identification“, 6:00-7:00 pm at Islands and Ocean in the Seminar Room. Excellent for new birders and a comprehensive review of the birds that are here in Homer in the winter for people who need a brush-up for the Christmas Bird Count. Free and everyone is welcome.
Saturday, December 17th Audubon Christmas Bird Count for Homer! Meet at 8:30 am in the Seminar Room at IOVC for tea/coffee/breakfast breads and to get team assignments and area. Count through the day and then return at 4:30 to tabulate the results and enjoy a hot potluck supper. Dave Erikson is the coordinator of this event. Contact him for more information or to volunteer to participate. (907-441-7931 or email@example.com). Dave also wants to encourage Feeder Watchers that day—noting highest numbers of each species you see at your feeder or in your yard. Contact him about this option also. (General information about the Christmas Bird Count is at the bottom of this page.)
December: no Regular Meeting (Christmas Bird Count and Potluck on Dec. 17th.and Dave Erikson’s Bird ID class Dec.15th)
January 30th Meeting and a Presentation by Jim Herbert: “Adak”
Meetings are at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center (Homer, Alaska) and start at 4:30 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
KBB BIRDING TRIPS
(NOTE: No trip in December. “Just” the CBC!)
Saturday, January 14th to the Spit. Meet at the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive at 1:30 pm. There will be a good high tide (20′) so many sea birds will be within range with scopes.
Saturday, February 18th “Leader’s Choice”Details will be announced later.
Birding Trip Leader: Michael Craig (907-235-0631), unless otherwise noted. All trips cosponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. All are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT GENERAL INFORMATION
The CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT is the longest-running citizen science project in our nation, and in Homer it is always held on the first Saturday in the window (Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th). This year it will be December 17th in Homer.
The center of the 15-mile-diameter count circle is the intersection of Kachemak Drive and the Spit Rd. The circle extends east to Fritz Creek, south past the end of the Spit, west to the mouth of Diamond Creek and to the north where there are few roads. We do not go out in boats for our count.
Participants meet at 8:30 am at IOVC for coffee/tea/breakfast foods, get assigned to teams and areas, and then go out to count all the daylight hours. At 4:30 teams return and compile results and enjoy a warm potluck supper. Some participants also count what they see coming to their feeders/yard on the count day.
On December 15th, Dave Erikson will teach a class on “Winter Bird Identification”. This class is valuable for new birders as well as being an excellent opportunity for more experienced birders to brush up on what birds are in Homer in the winter.
During the COUNT WEEK, which is three days before and three days after the CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT on Dec. 17th, additional species are also noted. This year those dates are Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 18-20. Report any unusual species to Dave Erikson as soon as you can during this time.
Dave’s contact information is 907-441-7931 or email@example.com.