Created: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Published: Monday, 18 August 2014
Written by Lani Raymond
Cranes in Homer: 8-18-14
The flocks are moving around with migrational unrest, and the families are beginning to join the flocks. Nina said the crane numbers are about the same as last year according to her information. She knows of 11 colts for sure that have now fledged.
The expected departure date for the cranes is around September 10-15th. They wait until the pressure and winds are just right then leave in groups, but often some families with late-fledging colts stay a while longer.
Check out these interesting videos.
“Lesser Sandhill Crane Flight Training” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hf8Yzu17o8
“Lesser Sandhill Cranes: A Tale of Lynx Stalking” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B09PJsxm3e8&feature=em-share_video_user
Created: Saturday, 29 March 2014
Last Updated: Sunday, 30 March 2014
Published: Saturday, 29 March 2014
Written by Nina Faust
Kachemak Crane Watch just got a call that someone heard high flying cranes today,(3-26-14) probably interior birds heading north. This is the earliest report we have had, so keep listening and report your sightings when local birds as well as the high fliers start showing up. It is helpful for our notes to hear from you: 1. Location, 2. time and date, 3. what were the birds doing? Landing, high flying, circling, low flying? 4. How many? Family with last year's young or just adults? 5. Your name and number and email. Having so many enthusiastic craniac participants in Kachemak Crane Watch's efforts to document local cranes has been extremely helpful, so keep emailing and calling. Enlist your friends too!
The International Crane Foundation newsletter this month gives a nod to Homer's Shorebird Festival and notes the wonderful article, "Winged Wonders," published in Alaska Airlines Horizon Edition, March 2014. The article mentions Homer and our Shorebird Festival as well.
Happy Spring--the cranes are coming!!!!
Thanks to Great Backyard Bird Counters
Created: Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Published: Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Written by Lani Raymond
Thank you to the many birders who participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year. It is an important way to help with the counting of birds in our area and finding some very interesting ones also. If you would like to check out what was submitted on the Kenai Peninsula, check out http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/subnational2/US-AK-122?yr=all.
Some very interesting birds we found here in Homer were the RUSTIC BUNTING, NORTHERN FLICKER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. (The White-throated Sparrow has an interesting story concerning how it was reported. Apparently—and this is just a story I heard second-hand—the location was initially given with longitude and latitude coordinates. However with one little number typo error, this bird ended up located in Russia, not Homer! So this Homer birder was able not just to see all the way to Russia, but see a really great bird in Russia from his living room window! And then enter it on the GBBC which fortunately now is international...)
Citizen Science Opportunities
Created: Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Last Updated: Sunday, 12 January 2014
Published: Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Written by BJ Hitchcock
Citizen Scientists Needed
Not a wildlife biologist, but would love to particiapte in bird monitoring? The individuals and organizations below could use your participation in one or more of the following citizen science projects. To learn more about each of the projects, go to our "Links" page or just click on the link (webpage or email address under "read more").
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring
Alaska Loon and Grebe Watch Monitoring Program
Christmas Bird Count
Great Backyard Bird Count
Read more: Citizen Science Opportunities