Kachemak Bay shorebird festival will be live and virtual

Birders armed with binoculars and cameras with telescopic lens gather at the 2020 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival to catch sight or and photograph the birds. Photo courtesy of Paul L. Bannick/Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Bird lovers bent on participating in the 2021 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 5-9 in Homer will have the option of attending in person or virtually.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge said while announcing the festival that they have learned a lot about how to hold live events safely during a pandemic and reach many more people via virtual platform as well.

The festival will take advantage of Alaska’s midnight sun, beginning early every day.

At 6 a.m. on the morning of May 5, there will be a self-guided shorebird viewing on the Homer Spit, followed by a Kachemak Bay birding, wildlife and natural history tour at 8:30 a.m.

The second day of the festival includes several events, including a bear and bird viewing at Lake Clark National Park and a Kachemak Bay birding, wildlife and natural history tour, and the third day will include several tours, including a Barren Islands birding tour, and another Lake Clark National Park tour. Birding tours continue on the fourth day of the festival, in a variety of vessels, including kayaks. The final day of the festival includes an early morning session on songbirding by ear in the field.

The complete schedule, online at cdv.tiny.us/kachemak, includes information on the limit of people allowed to physically participate in each event and the cost per person for those events that are not free.