2016 Shorebird Monitoring Schedule

2016 Homer Spit / Anchor River Shorebird Monitoring Times and Tides

Starting time is based on the quarter hour before the receding tide reaches 15.0 feet, or high tide if it doesn’t reach 15.0 feet using Seldovia tide tables. The tide correction between Seldovia and Homer is only +5 minutes.

Monitoring lasts for two hours.

Starting Seldovia High
Date Time Tide (ft.) Tide Time Tide (ft.)
Saturday, April 16 11:30 AM 14.2 11:36 AM 14.2
Thursday, April 21 4:45 PM 15.5 3:18 PM 17.7
Tuesday, April 26 7:00 PM 15.2 6:17 PM 15.6
Sunday, May 1 10:00 AM 14.0 10:14 AM 14.0
Friday, May 6 5:00 PM 16.0 3:14 PM 20.2
Wednesday, May 11 8:00 AM 15.2 6:15 AM 18.3
Monday, May 16 12:00 PM 13.6 12:05 PM 13.6
Saturday, May 21 5:00 PM 15.0 3:34 PM 17.1
Thursday, May 26 7:30 PM 15.4 6:49 PM 15.8

Starting times taken from:  http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/viewDailyPredictions


2016 Kasilof River Shorebird Monitoring Times and Tides

Monitoring is based on when the incoming tide is about half way between low tide and high tide. This corresponds to beginning an hour before the tide at the Kenai River.

Entrance is at +10.0 feet. Monitoring last one and a half hours.

Monitoring  Times Kenai High
Date Start Finish Tide Time Tide (ft.)
Saturday, April 16 1:30 PM 16.1
Thursday, April 21 5:12 PM 19.6
Tuesday, April 26 8:11 PM 17.5
Sunday, May 1 12:08 PM 15.9
Friday, May 6 5:08 PM 22.1
Wednesday, May 11 9:19 PM 18.6
Monday, May 16 1:59 PM 15.5
Saturday, May 21 5:28 PM 19.0
Thursday, May 26 8:43 PM 17.7

Starting times taken from:  http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/viewDailyPredictions

 

Christmas Bird Count

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).

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.

A few days before the event, Dave Erikson always 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 what birds are in Homer in the winter.

COUNT WEEK continues until 17th at midnight

COUNT WEEK SPECIES
In addition to the bird species and numbers tabulated on the CBC day itself, additional species may be added from three days before the count day and three days after the count day; they are designated ?count week? species. This will be from Dec. 11th to the 13th and from the 15th to the 17th.
Any unusual species you see within the count circle during those days should be reported to Dave Erikson 235-3487 derikson@alaska.net or Lani Raymond 399-9477 lani67@alaska.net

You Never Know What We Will Find!

AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN HOMER
Nationally, this will be the 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count and it is an excellent opportunity to participate in the largest and longest-running Citizen Science activity in the whole country. The first count in Homer was 1965 and there have been regular CBCs in Homer since 1973. Dave Erikson has organized and led them for over 35 years!
Our Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 14th. Meet at 8:30 am at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. We will have coffee/tea and breakfast breads to enjoy while teams are formed and Dave Erikson assigns areas. Birding commences at first light… We will return by 4:00 pm to tabulate the results and enjoy a potluck meal.
All levels of birders are welcome?novice birders team up with those with more experience, and, it is a good family activity. There is no charge again this year. Bring optics and dress warmly. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. (We use the plates, silverware, etc. there so you don?t need to bring them for yourselves.)
In the last ten years, the average number of species found here has been about 62. Some years are dreadfully cold, in some years snow and wind make visibility difficult even at mid-day, but then sometimes we have nice, sunny, longer days, sometimes even with significantly more open water. Almost every year a surprise, wonderful, unexpected bird is found! One year it was a Purple Finch, another year a Mountain Bluebird… Emperor Goose…Wilson?s Warbler! You never know what will be found with so many birders out there searching the area all day! There are usually about 25 people who participate, possibly more if feeder-watchers and owl-counters are included.
FEEDER-WATCHERS and OWL-COUNTERS
Anyone living within our ?count circle? may count birds seen in their yard/feeder and anyone planning to count owls during that 24 hour period should check in with to Dave Erikson ahead of time. These species/numbers are included in with our totals. The center of our ?count circle? is in Mud Bay and a radius of 7.5 miles. Roughly this goes to Fritz Creek to the east, up to Diamond Creek where it empties into the Inlet, and includes all the Spit, Homer and above the Homer bench.
COUNT WEEK defined:
In addition to the bird species and numbers tabulated on the CBC day itself, additional species may be added from three days before the count day and three days after the count day; they are designated ?count week? species. This will be from Dec. 11th to the 13th and from the 15th to the 17th. Any unusual species you see within the count circle during those days should be reported to Dave Erikson or Lani Raymond.
WINTER BIRD IDENTIFICATION CLASS
On December 12th Dave Erikson is teaching a class to help folks brush up on their winter birding ID skills or introduce beginners to the birds that winter here. It will be held at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. No charge and everyone is welcome.
For more information about either of these events contact:
Dave Erikson 235-3487 derikson@alaska.net or
BJ Hitchcock 235-1265 hitchcock613@msn.com