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Shorebirds galore at annual Homer festival

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.