Though the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival was canceled along with so many other events in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the festival organizers decided to take the festival online.
For the first time in 28 years, the festival will be held virtually. You can join the experience at virtual.kachemakshorebird.org. The festival begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday.
Features of the virtual festival include a real-time map of bird sightings locally, and a “Daily Birders’ Blog” that includes field observations from local experts. Festival goers also have the option to purchase gear and art, or make a donation to support the festival.
There are also several virtual events, like the 6×6 bird art and trip auction, where participants can place bids on 6×6-inch canvasses painted by local and Outside artists. This fundraising event for the festival also includes several trips and excursions to bid on as well.
One section of the virtual festival site offers tips and advice for engaging kids in birding. Junior birders are encouraged to share their drawings, poems or photos of their birding experience with the festival, and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is offering free use of binoculars (call 907-235-6756).
New events are still being added to the online festival, and they will include quizzes, artist spotlights and featured speakers.