Spot bears and birds
Homer is a gateway community to Southwest Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, located across Cook Inlet on the Alaska Peninsula. From June through late Sept., brown bears congregate on coastal sedge flats and streams in the vast wilderness of the parks. Depending on the season, visitors can see them digging for clams at low tide, grazing on salty grasses along tidally influenced rivers, or running after salmon swimming upstream to spawn. There are many ways to experience these wildlife adventures, including half-, full-, or multi-day outings by helicopter, floatplane, or boat.
Also visible from the coastline are eagles, shorebirds and sandhill cranes. Visitors can see the birds all around town, but the best sightings are on the Spit, especially at the fish filet stations. Visit in spring for the Homer Shorebird Festival – Alaska’s largest wildlife viewing festival – and join birders from all over the world for workshops, seminars and guided bird-viewing adventures.
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