Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00
The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a large shorebird with a long downward curved beak. The beak is used to probe in the marine mud/sands for marine invertebrates, especially small crabs. However, Whimbrels will also eat insects and berries. They use the tip of the beak to pick a berry and then toss it into their throat.
Long migrations are a trademark of Whimbrels. They breed in the Arctic in the eastern and western hemispheres, and migrate to South America, Africa, south Asia, and Australia. Non stop flights of over 2500 miles have been recorded using satellite transmitters.
A Whimbrel named Hope had one heck of a ride through a tropical storm. Hope encountered high headwinds for 27 hours, averaging only 9 miles per hour. Once through the storm, her flight speed increased to more than 90 miles per hour as the bird was pushed by significant tail winds.
A second Whimbrel named Chinquapin left the Canadian Arctic on August 22, 2011 and was headed to Brazil. Chinquapin flew across New England and out over the ocean and right into the dangerous northeast quadrant of Hurricane Irene. The signal was lost for days but Chinquapin eventually emerged resting on an island in the Caribbean.
Whimbrels breed on the ground in a shallow bowl lined with leaves. The clutch size is 2-5 eggs and the newly hatched young may leave the nest within one to two hours.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:00
A birding festival designed for all levels. Come and share your interest in the birds on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula!
The central Kenai Peninsula area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, a fantastic wildlife refuge and, best of all, thousands of birds. This three-day event is designed to showcase and celebrate our area birds. Suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced birder, the event includes a series of discussions and birding field expeditions. Our field excursions offer fantastic birding opportunities without going too far. We have a host of experts ready to help enhance your birding skills. This year we’ve included a children’s component to the program that is sure to excite interest.
Those who would like to volunteer should contact the Kenai Watershed Forum
Registration: This is a FREE event and open to all. There are a few programs and field excursions that require pre-registration including the Children’s Program, float trip, and van trip. Please contact Kenai Watershed Forum at 907-260-5449 for more information and to register.
What to bring on the field trips: Binoculars and/or scope, rain gear, a good pair of walking shoes or boots and your field guides.
Because this site has been having spam problems a full schedule and more information is available at the Kenai Watershed Forum site under Education.
11471 Kenai Spur Highway • 283-1991
All presentations and the children’s program will be held at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center unless otherwise noted in the program.
Kenai Watershed Forum - Josselyn O’Connor
907-260-5449 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge - Todd Eskelin
907-262-7021 or Todd_Eskelin@fws.gov
Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 907-282-1991
Keen Eye Bird Club - Ken and Connie Tarbox
Following in the tradition of the last five years there will be another celebratory birding float trip in 2013 down the Kenai River from Skilak Lake down to Bing's Landing by drift boat. There will be five boats this year, with a local birding expert on each to help you find and identify all our feathered friends on that stretch of the river. A date to register for this event will take place in early 2013 and will be posted on this site.
The list of bird sightings below is a summary of birds observed from 2008-2012.