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Shorebirds galore at annual Homer festival

Teddy Handley, Serena Fankhauser and Rachel Seneff drum up business on the Homer Spit May 11. The members of The Six Profiteers were selling artwork, cookies and drinks near the boat harbor. Half of the profits were planned to be donated to Desmond VanLiere, a fellow home-schooler who is recuperating from heart surgery in Seattle.
Bob Hallinen
A western sandpiper feeds along the surf line on the beach at Anchor Point during the Homer Shore Bird Festival on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Kayakers, on a True North Kayak Adventures tour near Elephant Rock across Kachemak Bay from the Homer Spit, paddle by a duck on May 10, 2013, the second day of the Homer Shorebird Festival.
Bob Hallinen
Birders walk along the beach berm at Anchor Point in search of a Eurasian hoopoe that was reported in the area during the Homer Shore Bird Festival on May 12, 2013. The bird is native to North Africa, Europe, Asia and Madagascar and is a sometime visitor to Alaska.
Bob Hallinen
Shellie Worsfold’s West Homer Elementary fourth-grade class works on identifying shorebirds during a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- led program at Mud Bay at the base of the Homer Spit on May 9, 2013. The Club Mud event was on the first day of the Homer Shorebird Festival.
Bob Hallinen
Western sandpipers feed along the surf line on the beach at Anchor Point during the Homer Shore Bird Festival on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Eric Hoose holds a sea star as Cynthia Fudzinski reacts to it during a tour at the Homer boat harbor on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Jenni Medley and Duncan Wanamaker of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies led the wildlife search during the Homer Shore Bird Festival.
Bob Hallinen
Old dock pilings slowly rot away in the sand along the Homer Spit on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A flock of dunlin and western sandpipers wheel over Mud Bay on the Homer Spit on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Bob Hallinen

It's May and birds are on the move all over the planet. In Alaska, we are witness to some of Earth's longest avian migrations -- the Arctic terns nest in the Arctic after spending the winter in the Antarctic.

Today the Alaska Zoo is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day. Earlier in the month, Cordova held its annual shorebird festival and last weekend Homer played host to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. This year was the 21st year for the weekend of events, including workshops, presentations, field events and boat excursions to watch and learn about many kinds of birds. Homer's festival began in 1993 when a group of Homer residents representing environmental, economic and cultural interests got together to create an event that would educate the public about shorebirds and wetlands.

 

 



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