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. Stay Tuned.
January 29th Meeting and Presentation by Michelle Michaud: The Birds of Queensland Australia
February 26th—Meeting and Presentation by Arthur Kettle: Barren Islands’ Seabird Monitoring
March 26th–Meeting and Presentation by Aaron Lang: Shorebird Identification
April 30–Meeting and Presentation T.B.A.
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
February 10th to the Spit. Meet at the parking lot at the base of the spit on Kachemak Drive at 8:30 am. Leader: Michael Craig 907-235-0631.
March: “Leader’s Choice”. Leader: Jim Herbert (date/time to be announced)
April 14th to the Anchor River. Meet at 12:30 pm at the launch parking lot (or at IOVC to car pool at 11:45 am). Leader: Michael Craig.
All trips cosponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. All are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health: People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress — ScienceDaily. For more info: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170225102113.htm
Thanks to Everyone
Who Participated in the 2017
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
In Summary: The Homer Christmas Bird Count, held on December 16, had 27 volunteers in the field in 11 teams to cover the traditions 15-mile diameter count circle centered in Mud Bay at the base of the Homer Spit. The weather cooperated quite nicely with temperature mostly above freezing and little wind. A total of 65 species were documented with 8,648 individual birds. Total numbers of several species were slightly lower in compassion to the last few years. The most abundant birds were Mallard (2,2251), followed by the Rock Sandpiper (1,250). Nine species only had one individual seen throughout the day.
Two species were new to the count: Costa’s Hummingbird and Black-backed Woodpecker. The hummingbird was seen approximately 5 miles out East End Road at a hummingbird feeder. The black-backed woodpecker was seen with an American three-toed woodpecker at the northern end of the Calvin and Coyle Nature Trail below Mariner Drive, approximately Mile 1 East Road. This woodpecker is normally found in interior Alaska and is generally rare along the coast. The Costa’s hummingbird, typically seen in southern California and Arizona, is well outside it’s normal range.
Species number and total numbers were generally within the normal range over the past several years. Numbers of wintering American Robins and Bohemian Waxwings continue to be relatively high with 121 and 254 individuals respectively. Counts for finches, including the Common Redpoll (328), Pine Siskin (1,011), Pine Grosbeak (316), were also relatively high in comparison to past years. However, the White-winged and Red Crossbills were totally absent from this year’s count.
Bald Eagle and Northwestern Crow numbers were slightly down this year in comparison to the last five years. The lack of available supplemental food at the Homer Transfer facility in recent years may have been a factor in this decline.”
A big thank you to all the many volunteers and to the staff at Islands and Ocean for letting us use their wonderful facility and helping us out also with logistics during the day. And to Dave Erikson for coordinating our Count here now for the last 41 years!
2017 Seabird Report Card
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge has prepared a 2017 Seabird Report Card:
Final 2017 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Report
George Matz has prepared a comprehensive report about the 2017 Shorebird Monitoring effort.