Ready for spring? Learn how to identify shorebirds

• Talk prepares participants for Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
Tribune staff

Photo by George Matz - Surfbirds are often seen in the rocky areas of Kachemak Bay during spring migration. Last year there were hundreds on the outside of the boat harbor.

Photo by George Matz - Surfbirds are often seen in the rocky areas of Kachemak Bay during spring migration. Last year there were hundreds on the outside of the boat harbor.

During spring migration, thousands of shorebirds stopover at Kachemak Bay to rest and feed before completing their long journey to their breeding grounds.
Last spring the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Project observed 27 species of shorebirds and counted a total of approximately 23,972 individual shorebirds. While observing these shorebirds is a delight to local birders, identifying them can sometimes be difficult.
In light of the upcoming spring migration and Homer’s enthusiastic interest in shorebirds, this month’s meeting of the Kachemak Bay Birders will focus on shorebird identification.
The guest speaker will be Aaron Lang, a local birder and internationally respected birding guide, who will discuss the rules he uses to make shorebird identification easier. He will illustrate these points with some of his bird photos at 5 p.m. Monday at the Island’s and Ocean Visitor Center.
This will be a rare and timely opportunity to get expert advice on shorebird identification. Join the Kachemak Bay Birders and those who will be participating in this year’s shorebird monitoring project in brushing up on shorebird identification skills.
The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is May 8-12. The meeting is open to the public and free.

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