Monday, March 9, 2009

17th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Welcome to the 17th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Join us in celebrating spring and the more than 130 species of birds, including over 20 shorebirds, that migrate to Kachemak Bay. This year we also honor the 50th Anniversary of Alaska’s Statehood, as well as the Centennial Anniversary of National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Enjoy presentations by our two Keynote speakers: Jack Dalton, aYup’ik Storyteller and artist, and Paul Baicich, chair of the Council on Environmental Education’s Bird Education Network.

This year’s theme is Birds in Culture: Our Brothes and Sisters Return. You’ll have numerous opportunities to enjoy food, music and presentations honoring a variety of cultures. Our expert speakers, naturalists and guides will share their extensive wealth of birding knowledge, as they lead you through the many field events, workshops, presentations and boat and kayak tours being offered. And spend your evenings enjoying our great lineup of entertainment for all ages.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced birder, or even the nonbirder in your group, you’ll enjoy this fun-for-the-entire-family weekend event. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this very special year!

Happy birding!

Christina M Whiting, Festival Coordinator
c/o the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Committee

Monday, March 2, 2009

State Park Survey

Forward to any Alaska State Park users you know who would be interested.I just took the survey and it only takes about 5 minutes. Best one like this I've seen over the years. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey from Alaska Parks and Recreation.

This statewide opinion survey will help the State of Alaska, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation better understand what Alaskans do for outdoor recreation and how we can meet future recreation demands. Results will become part of a statewide outdoor recreation plan that will guide policy and funding decisions. Please feel free to forward to others.

TogetherGreen Innovation Grants

Hi, everyone. As you know, the application process is open for Year 2 of the TogetherGreen Innovation Grants. If you are interested in applying for a grant, or if you are helping someone apply, please join us for a WebEx session to go over the program goals and answer questions about the online application process.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at 1pm EST.

To join the session, please email Flo Miller, Innovation Grants Manager, at You will need to RSVP by this Friday, March 6, so that she can register you as a participant. She will then send you an invitation via WebEx with details on how to join the session. You'll need access to a computer with fairly fast Internet, and a phone to join via conference call.
Please contact Flo with any questions at or 802-505-0839. And if you cannot make this time and would like us to schedule another call the following week, please let us know what timing works best. We are happy to do an evening session if that would be helpful.

We're looking forward to getting some great applications.