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.
March 25th NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING DATE!!
April 1st—Monthly Meeting and Presentation on Shorebird Identification by Aaron Lang
April 29th—Monthly Meeting and Presentation by Steve Ebbert: “Introduced Fox Eradication in the Aleutians to Restore Seabird Islands”
“Arctic and red foxes were first stocked by fur merchants on islands in the Aleutian chain and elsewhere as early as 1750. In most cases, foxes easily overwhelmed seabird populations that were using the mammal-free islands for breeding and nesting. Two hundred years later, the US Fish and Wildlife Service began successfully eradicating non-native foxes on refuge islands to restore island habitat for native nesting birds, primarily seabirds, but also benefitting waterfowl and shorebirds. To date, more than 40 islands totaling over 1.5 million acres has been restored to fox-free status. As a Wildlife Biologist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Steve Ebbert continued the this work for 22 years before retiring in 2017, and he will present some highlights of this unique project.”
April 30th–Festival Fundraiser BIRD OF PREY from 6:30-8:00 pm
“The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It’s the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today, and the future of these iconic raptors is tied to the fate of the Bird of Prey.” What will it take to save this species from extinction.
May 20th—Monthly Meeting + Potluck+ Slides!!
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.
March 16th to the Spit. Meet at 11:00 am in the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive. Leader: Michael Craig, 235-0631
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE FOLLOWING TRIP!!
April 14th (Sunday) to the Anchor River. Meet at IOVC to carpool at 10:30 am or in the parking lot at the Anchor River at 11:00 am. Leader: Michael Craig, 235-0631.
All trips and activities cosponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
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.