Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival


Kachemak Bay Birders wrapped up their yearly shorebird monitoring  project on May 23, 2019 and sent a few representatives to KBBI for a special, live edition of Kachemak Science.
Guests,  George Matz from Kachemak Bay Birders, Nina Faust of Kachemak Crane Watch and student birder, Ally Rader talk about shorebirds, migration and nesting on Kachemak Bay.

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The Battle of Attu is often known as the forgotten battle of World War II. But a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist is bringing stories of the battle to new readers. Mark Obmascik wrote a book that came out this year called “The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II.” Obmascik is the featured author at the 27th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer this weekend.

Obmascik says he first came across the story when he was researching another book on competitive birding. Part of that book takes place on Attu Island.

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The twenty-sixth annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival begins Thursday. Both locals and visitors are poised to spot a large variety of shore and songbirds. But songbirds arrived later than usual this year.

This year the shorebird festival will offer over 100 events from workshops and field trips to film screenings and activities for young birders. Robbi Mixon is the shorebird festival director, and she said the event is expected to attract about 1,000 attendees this year.