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Kachemak Bay Research Reserve: May 2014 Events

April 30, 2014

Here is what’s happening at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve this May. Come join us!

Tuesday, May 6th 10:00am-2:00pm @ Johnson Lake State Park Campground, Kasilof

Salmon Celebration

The carnival is held annually on the first Tuesday of May at Johnson Lake campground.  The event is open and suitable for all elementary aged students.  Hands-on salmon related activity booths include fish anatomy puzzles, salmon life cycle, macroinvertebrate touch tank, watershed model, face painting, juvenile & adult salmon identification, salmon wheel of misfortune, water safety, water quality testing, spin & fly casting, catch & release, etc. For more contact Jenny Cope (, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Soldotna at 907-262-9368.


Wednesday, May 7th 3:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 10th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm @ AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Discovery Lab Classroom

Junior Birder Labs   These labs are for people of all ages but have been designed specifically with Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Junior Birders working toward their Jr. Birder Badge in mind. Attendance at one of these two labs is a Jr. Bird Badge requirement. For additional info, visit


Thursday, May 8th – Sunday, May 11th @ locations all over Homer

22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival   Celebrating great birds, great birders, and great birding, the Shorebird Festival features workshops, presentations, field events, boat and kayak tours, land tours, viewing stations, guided hikes and walks, and arts and entertainment events. This four-day weekend has something for the birders and the non-birders in your group, all ages and birding skill levels.  View the complete schedule and register online at


Tuesday, May 13th 5:30pm-7:30pm @ AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium  

Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park management plan revision

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has scheduled additional open houses to gather public input on its planning process for revising the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan. Planning staff will be available to discuss issues, gather information, and learn more about current or future goals and uses related to the management plan revision. To view the existing park plan and learn more about this process, visit: For questions or more information contact Shawana K. Guzenski, Project Manager, Dept Natural Resources 907-269-8915,

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