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.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
The Audubon 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, which is Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th. Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge are the cosponsors.
Homer’s this year will be Saturday, December 14th
Participants meet at 8:30 am at IOVC (Islands and Ocean Visitor Center) 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. Dave Erikson is the Coordinator and this is his 43rd consecutive year to do so!!
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.)
For COUNT WEEK we also record species we see for three days before and three days after the actual Count Day. So, from Wednesday, Dec. 11th through Dec. 13th and again from Dec. 15 through Dec. 17th please notify Dave or Lani if you see any unusual species within our count circle. Make note of the species, date, and location–not the number of birds you see for the Count Week birds.
WINTER BIRD IDENTIFICATION CLASS
A few days before the event, Dave Erikson teaches 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 our winter birds to prepare for the Count. It’s at IOVC in the Auditorium and is free and open to everyone.
Dave’s class will be Wed., December 11th at 6 pm at IOVC
FEEDERS/BACKYARD BIRDS ON COUNT DAY
If you can’t participate in the actual bird count but have birds come to your feeder or yard on Count Day (14th), please write them down (species, numbers, time spend watching, and plus your location) and then send the list by email to Dave or Lani. You can also call Lani and read the list or text it to her.
For how many to write down, this is how we do it: for example, if you have 6 chickadees at one time at your feeder and then a few hours later you have 3 chickadees come, you use the 6 or THE LARGEST NUMBER YOU SEE AT ONE TIME. Any questions, give us a call.
Dave Erikson: 907-441-7931, email@example.com
Lani Raymond: 399-9477, firstname.lastname@example.org
December--no regular trips scheduled, JUST the Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14th!!
January 11th–Trip to the Anchor River. Meet in the parking lot at the Anchor River at 1:30 pm or meet at IOVC at 1:00 to car pool. Leaders: Michelle Michaud and Jim Herbert (907-362-0020).
All trips and activities cosponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders and the Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
December 11th: Dave Erikson’s Winter Bird Identification Class.
Islands and Ocean Visitor Center from 6-7:00 pm
December 14th: Christmas Bird Count
Meet at 8:30 am to get team assignments and area, breakfast goodies and tea/coffee available. Count all day and return at 4:30 to tabulate results and enjoy a pot potluck meal. Bring a dish to share… CBC Coordinator is Dave Erikson.
Note: no “regular” meeting in December
January 27th. Meeting and Presentation by Michelle Michaud: South Africa and Namibia
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), email@example.com.