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Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
Welcome to the 2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival website!
Dates for the Festival are Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11, 2014, with a pre-festival Junior Birder event on Wednesday, May 7.
In 2014 we will be using a new, robust online registration system and registration will be smooth, secure, and streamlined. Participants will pay the initial $19.50 Festival Fee, then they have access to their registration profile and can sign up for events, then return to register for more or cancel an event. The option to add family members at $5 each is also available now. A one-time ticketing surcharge of $4.50 is included in the Festival Fee.
We can give you a preview of some of the events planned for this year's Festival:
- "Brunch With Bill" - an intimate brunch with our Keynote Speaker Bill Thompson III (aka BT3) in a gorgeous Kachermak Bay location;
- Author Noah Strycker will lead the "Birding Hot Spots" tour;
- BT3 spotting scope cleaning and evaluation;
- Noah's Sunday talk will feature his book "Among Penguins";
- Art opening with Amanda Brannon at the Sourdough Cafe;
- New "Bird Nerd" line of clothing;
- Other local events include: Shorebird Showdown Disc Golf Tournament, Singer/Songwriter Ruth Foster in performance, and more
A full schedule will be available in early March. Registration will also open in early March, and we’ll have more information about the process before then.
Bill Thompson, III
Bill is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the author of 18 books about birds, including his most recent work, The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. He writes the Bill of the Birds blog and creates regular a podcast for bird watchers called This Birding Life. He is an avid birder and musician, traveling widely performing, speaking, leading field trips, and consulting on ecotourism for birding festivals and nature events around the world.
Featured Author: Noah Strycker
Noah is the Associate Editor of Birding magazine, and longtime contributor to WildBird magazine and Bird Watcher's Digest.From an early age, Noah was intrigued with birds. After high school, he delayed beginning college for a year-long birding adventure. Eventually he attended Oregon State, studying ornithology, and worked on field projects around the world, in places like Panama, Ecuador, and Australia. Realizing he could be come a "full-time bird man," he spent the following years studying birds in Hawaii and Antartica, where he started a blog, which was inspiration for his 2011 book, Among Penguins. He continues his birding studies in places like Australian outback, the Farallon Islands, Costa Rica, Maine, and the Pacific Coast Trail.
Featured Artist: Amanda Brannon
Amanda lives in Eagle River, Alaska and is a nationally published, award-winning graphic designer, artist, and author. Since making Alaska her home in 1994, she has been inspired by the natural beauty and spirit of Alaska. When creating artwork, her primary medium is clayboard (or scratchboard) on which she does etchings. See examples of her work at AmandaBrannon.com
Information on the left column will be updated as we make further exciting plans.
This is my first year coordinating the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival and I’m looking forward to meeting all you birders!
Robbi Mixon / Shorebird Festival Coordinator
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