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Kenai Birding Festival

Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival
May 15-18, 2014

Soldotna~Kenai~Kasilof~Sterling~Seward


Where the river ends and the birding begins!Kenai Birding Celebration

The Kenai Peninsula boasts pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, a fantastic wildlife refuge and, best of all, thousands of birds. This four-day festival is designed to showcase and celebrate peninsula birds for all ages and abilities. Suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced birder, the festival includes informative sessions, social gatherings and birding field excursions.

Our field excursions offer fantastic birding opportunities without going too far. We have a host of experts ready to take your birding skills to another level. Young birders can get involved through a variety of activities from creative artistic endeavors to hands-on field trips.

Regardless of age and ability, the festival offers a variety of opportunities:

Festival Brochure
Festival Schedule [Printable]
PEEPs Young Artist Contest
Birding Resources
Festival Facebook Page

Festival Partners:

Kenai Watershed Forum, Keen Eye Bird Club, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council, Kenai Fine Arts Center

Festival supporters include:

City of Kenai
Kenai River Foundation
Alaksa Magazine
Sportsman's Warehouse
Home Depot

For general festival questions contact Lisa Beranek, Festival Coordinator.

Planning Your Trip


Kenai Birding CelebrationFestival Schedule

Please see the festival brochure for more detailed information including meeting location, cost (events are donation based unless otherwise noted) and registration information.

Festival Locations

On-going
May 1-May 30 • PEEPs Young Artist Show

~Thursday, May 15~

FLOAT TRIP: Middle Kenai River • Day
Five drift boats, complete with a local expert on each, will help you find all of our feathered friends. $150 /person. Many thanks to the Kenai River Foundation  for donating their time and services. Call Lisa at 907.260.5449 to register.

Opening Reception • 6:00pm-8:00pm
Birds of a feather flock together! Enjoy the PEEPs  Awards, a live bird show & plan your festival activities at the Kenai Visitor Center.

~Friday, May 16~

FLOAT TRIP: Lower Kenai River • Day
Five drift boats, complete with a local expert on each, will help you find all of our feathered friends. $150 /person. Many thanks to the Kenai River Foundation  for donating their time and services. Call Lisa at 907.260.5449 to register.

Hot Spot Tour • 10:00am-5:00pm
To carpool, meet at the Kenai Visitor Center at 10am with gear and a lunch for the day. Maps are available online and at the Info Nest.

Birds & Brews • 4:00pm-6:00pm
Enjoy trivia and the Sportsman’s Warehouse Optics table during the no host happy hour at Paradiso’s Restaurant.

Sparrow Song • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Celebrate the connection between the Kenaitze people and birds through storytelling, music and dance at the Kenai Visitors Center.

~Saturday, May 17~

24-Hour Midnight Sun Big Sit • 6:00am-6:00am 5/18
Participate in the only 24-Hour Big Sit in the land of the midnight sun. All are welcome at the Kenai Viewing Platform.

Birder’s Breakfast • 6:00am-9:00am
Informal, no host Birder’s Breakfast at the Caribou Family Restaurant gives birders an opportunity to meet, greet & eat before heading out to a full festival day!

Alaska Horsemen Birding Ride • 8:00am-2:00pm
No experience necessary to enjoy this leisurely horseback ride to bird remote Kenai National Wildlife Refuge lakes. $175/person + tax includes lunch, riding gear and a day you will not forget.  Space is limited. Call Lisa at 907.260.5449 to register.
 
TALK: Birding 101 • 8:00am-9:00am
Try gear & learn the tricks of the trade to improve your birding skills at the Soldotna Visitor Center.

WALK: Centennial Park • 9:00am-10:30am
Join Anchorage Audubon Society’s Beth Peluso on a meandering bird walk along the Kenai River.  Meet at the Soldotna Visitor Center.

Home Depot Kid’s Birdhouse Workshop • 9:00am-2:00pm
Children, ages 6-12, are invited to join Home Depot staff to build their very own birdhouse while supplies last.  Adult supervision is required.  10480 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Children’s Program • 10:00am-11:30am
Think outside of the nest with the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Dan Pascucci! Space is limited & children must be accompanied by an adult. You must register with Lisa at 907.260.5449 to participate.

WALK: Slikok  Creek • 11:00am-1:00pm
Join Keen Eye Bird Club experts, George & Bev Kirsch, for a moderate hike near Slikok Creek at the Slikok Creek parking area off of Endicott Road in Soldotna.

Staffed Viewing Platform • 1:00pm-4:00pm
No scope? No Binoculars? No problem! Birders of all levels will explore birds on the Kenai Flats (Port of Kenai Rd) through on-site experts & Sportsman’s Warehouse gear.

TALK: Rain Gardens for the Birds • 4:00pm
Nancy Casey will provide design information on creating a functional rain garden to eliminate the wet area on your property while attracting birds. Kenai Visitor Center.  This talk is in partnership with the Central Peninsula Garden Club.

FILM: The Big Year • 7:00pm-8:30pm
A comedy poking fun at competitive birding during a big year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson.  Rated PG.  Kenai Visitor Center. 

~Sunday, May 18~

24-Hour Midnight Sun Big Sit Ends • 6:00am
The 24-Hour Midnight Sun Big Sit ends.  Results will be shared at the Backyard Birding BBQ.

WALK: Centennial Park • 9:00am-10:30am
Join Keen Eye Bird Club experts, George & Bev Kirsch, at the Soldotna Visitor Center for a leisurely walk near the Kenai River during this exciting time of year.

Hot Spot: Moose River • 11:00am-12:00pm
Join local experts at an exclusive Moose River birding hot spot. Meet at Moosequito’s Bar parking lot (Sterling Hwy Mile 82).  

Backyard Birding BBQ • 12:00pm-2:00pm
Bring a dish and enjoy the beauty and the birds at Marlow’s on the Kenai along with trivia, children’s activities & more. The festival button winner & 24-Hour Midnight Sun Big Sit results will be announced.