Welcome to the 24th Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer’s Annual Celebration of the Spring and Alaska’s largest wildlife viewing festival. This weekend holds the possibility to spot over 130 migratory bird species, along with Homer’s plentiful resident seabirds, waterfowl, and woodland birds.
Keynote Speakers Kevin Karlson, Dale Rosselet, and Sharon Stiteler will join us for the weekend, delivering a variety of workshops and lectures. Ram Papish, our Festival Artist,will also offer workshops, and share his interpretation of the Black Oystercatcher, this year’s featured bird.
Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet: Kevin is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer who has published several books and many bird and nature related articles for magazines and journals over the last 20 years. He is a regular presence at Bird and Nature festivals in North America, where he gives keynote presentations and workshops on bird identification and appreciation, as well as photo instruction. His photos can be seen in numerous locations, including his website kevintkarlson.com. Kevin is a co-author of The Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin Co. 2006), and the author/photographer of a two photography books titled The Birds of Cape May and Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography (Schiffer Publishing, 2010, 2012). His most recent book with wife and co-author Dale Rosselet, Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds was released in May 2015 in the Roger Tory Peterson Reference Series at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers.
Dale Rosselet is vice president for education for New Jersey Audubon and oversees the statewide public and school-based education programs as well as the organization’s center operations. She has extensive experience teaching children and adults in both classroom and informal education settings for over 30 years. In her capacity with New Jersey Audubon she has authored and co-authored four natural history curriculum guides as well as the book Wild Journeys: Migration in New Jersey. She is past president for the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and chairs the governor-appointed New Jersey Commission for Environmental Education. She has received the 2012 Women in Wildlife Award as well as the Pat Kane Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Education. She is a co-author of Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) with her husband Kevin Karlson.
Sharon Stiteler: Since 1997, Sharon has successfully made it her goal to get paid to go birding. She travels the world as a field trip leader, birding consultant, humorous keynote speaker, bird field technician, bird bander and writer. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, she’s #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works part-time as a National Park Ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. She appears regularly on tv and radio including Outdoor News Radio, All Things Considered and has been on NBC Nightly News answering bird questions. When she’s not digiscoping or performing improv, she is a blue ribbon beekeeper. More information about Sharon and her blog can be found at BirdChick.com.