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Jan 9, 2017

Show Notes for Homer, Alaska Podcast


·         Homer is a small town, population 5,310, at the tip of the Kenai peninsula.

·         Homer spit juts out into Kachemak Bay and provides a view of the Kenai Range of mountains across the bay.

·         Kachemak Bay is a “40-mile long arm of Cook Inlet” per Wikipedia.  It is home to a large number of migratory birds especially in May as well as its endemic population.  Birds that can be photographed include: puffins, Bald eagles, Surf birds, Pelagic cormorants, kittiwakes, murres, Harlequin ducks and various gulls in addition to migratory species.  Marine mammals include Harbor seals, Sea otters, whales of many different species.

·         There are two Bald eagle nests in Homer.  The most photogenic is the one across the road from the Post Office on the Sterling Highway.

·         A small number of Sandhill Cranes inhabit the Beluga estuary just off the Sterling Highway near the Islands and Oceans visitors center.

·         Bishop’s Beach has tide pools containing Sea stars and Octopus among other creatures especially during minus tides.

·         Water taxis take you across the bay to hike in Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska’s first state park home to Grewingk glacier and the Soldovia artist’s colony.

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      reset=1&Itemid=284&lang=en Link to Flanagan Fotos Alaska Workshop June 2017.

· Link to Seaman Ecotour Adventures.