Alaska: Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Kachemak Bay Landscape. Photo courtesy of Kate Fitzmier.

Homer welcomes everyone

Homer, Alaska rolls out the welcome mat every spring for hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds and numerous visitors attending the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The starring attraction—over 25 species of shorebirds come from as far away as Asia, Hawaii, and South America! This wonderful festival began in 1993 and takes place in early May.

A truly unique viewing ground

An old coal-mining town turned Halibut fishing mecca, Homer overlooks the stunning Kachemak Bay with the gorgeous Kenai Mountains as its backdrop. Mud flats around the bay provide the perfect feeding and resting ground for migrants during their arduous flight to breeding grounds on the Alaskan tundra. The Homer Spit, a narrow strip of land stretching four-and-a-half miles into the bay, offers a unique location for observing this spectacle of migration. In addition to the plentiful shorebirds, spring presents the perfect time to view many of the other 236 bird species recorded for this area. Hundreds of Bald Eagles soaring overhead are the perfect compliment to your experience.

Great staff and volunteers

The Annual Shorebird Festival packs a choice of over 50 different events into its three-day schedule. Whether you are an expert or beginner, finding an exciting activity will be no problem. The festival staff and volunteers are famous for their excellent assistance, with everything from seminars to helping visitors at public viewing stations set up along the Homer Spit.

See Eagle Optics at the Visitor's Center

Not to be missed is the state-of-the-art Island and Oceans Visitor's Center. Brimming with art, children's exhibits, and educational displays, the center serves as the gateway to the refuge. Eagle Optics is a proud sponsor of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Be sure to look for our booth in the visitor's center and try out the many binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods we will be displaying.