Warming climate expected to squeeze out Arctic bird habitat

Many species of shorebirds that migrate to the Arctic each year to breed their young will lose substantial amounts of their summer habitat to climate change, and the biggest losses in the coming decades will be in Alaska and neighboring parts of Russia, new research concludes.
By 2070, higher temperatures brought on by climate change will eliminate important Arctic breeding habitat for at least two-thirds of the 24 bird species evaluated in a study published in the journal Global Change Biology, scientists predicted. Some species, like the Pacific golden plover and the red phalarope, are on track to lose nearly all of the suitable Arctic conditions they use in the summer, according to the study.
The study was led by scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland and co-authored by scientists in Alaska, Norway, Russia and Denmark. It projects habitat conditions based on two different climate scenarios — an optimistic one that assumes greenhouse gas emissions will peak in 2040 and then decline, and a more aggressive warming scenario that assumes that greenhouse gas emissions will continue on their current trajectory.

Community news – Aug. 11

Birders take to the Spit The next Kachemak Bay Birders’ outing happens Saturday, Aug. 13 with a trip to the Spit. Meet at the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive at 1:30 p.m. Interesting returning migrants and other birds out there right now include shorebirds, seabirds, some song birds and […]

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic

PRESS RELEASE – Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic will be from9am-2pm on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street. Exams on this one-day event are being offered free of charge by volunteer […]

USDA Announces Funding to Aid Sanitation Projects in Rural Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – July 7, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund, today announced USDA-RD is funding a total of $78,750 for three planning projects that will be used to prepare environmental assessments for water and wastewater projects in Kasaan, Teller, and Port Graham. Each grant recipient is receiving […]

Changes to Alaska Heating Assistance Program

Most beneficiaries will still receive some financial assistance to heat their homes ANCHORAGE — Due to budget cuts in the State of Alaska’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, the Alaska Heating Assistance Program (AKHAP) has been eliminated. As a result, the amount of state assistance provided to Alaskans to help pay their heating bills will be […]

HEA warns members of phone scam

PRESS RELEASE: Homer Electric Association is getting reports from businesses regarding suspicious phone calls. The fraudulent caller impersonates a utility representative and requests payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill and threatens immediate disconnection of electric service if the bill is not paid. The goal of the scammers is to obtain credit card numbers […]

Salmonfest announces full lineup

PRESS RELEASE – The full lineup for the 2016 Salmonfest festival is now available. Save the date for 2016 Salmonfest, August 5-7. A three-day weekend full of music; over 15 national acts and over 40 local performers. Every year over 6,000 people turn the Kenai Peninsula village of Ninilchik into a city as families and […]

Alaska Court System to close Fridays at noon

Beginning July 1, 2016 Court System to Close Courts Statewide on Fridays at Noon to Help Reduce Operating Costs Anchorage, Alaska, June 15, 2016: Beginning July 1, 2016, the Alaska Court System will close courts and court offices statewide at noon every Friday to reduce operating costs. Some designated courts will be open for certain […]

Bristol Bay Salmon Shares Back for 2016

Community supported fishery brings seafood caught by Alaskans, to Alaskans June 8, 2016 Bristol Bay fishermen are flocking to southwest Alaska now by the thousands, gearing up to harvest the largest sockeye (red) salmon fishery on the Earth. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s award-winningCatch of the Season program ensures a portion of that catch makes […]

“Celebrate Our Heritage” theme for Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

Parade Entry Applications Due on or before Monday, June 27   The Homer Chamber of Commerce announces the July 4th Parade theme as “Celebrate Our Heritage.” This year’s theme will include three phases of our heritage.    We will commence the parade honoring our political leaders including City 0fficials and Departments, Color Guard and Veterans. The […]

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