Kenai Peninsula Birding

The Kenai Peninsula has excellent birding to offer as a part of your Alaskan adventure. Alaska has 492 documented species of birds with another 24 unsubstantiated species. The Kenai Peninsula has 286 of those species and at least a dozen more unconfirmed species. Birding on the Kenai Peninsula takes you from alpine birding to saltwater birding. The Kenai and Kasilof River flats provide excellent birding opportunities. Soldotna is at the center of the highway system here on the Peninsula. You can bird by vehicle, boat or on a variety of hiking trails. Our Kenai Peninsula has great birding all year long. In early spring we have many migrant birds that stop to refuel here before going further north. Summer birding is good as we have a wide variety of birds that raise their families here. Fall gives us a good look at more migrants heading south. Winter birding gives us a chance to enjoy our hardy birds that stay here year round.

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Photos Courtesy of Ken Marlow – Marlow’s on the Kenai

There are 2 different Birding Festivals in May each year!

The Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer:  For more info on the festival in Homer, visit or call (907) 235-7740.

The Kenai Birding Festival in Soldotna/Kenai:  For more info on the festival in Soldotna/Kenai, visit

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a bird checklist available. The Refuge hotline number for wildlife and birding is (907) 262-2300. In Homer, the birding hotline number is (907) 235-PEEP. For more local information on birding call (907) 262-5218 or when calling from out of state call 800-725-3327.

Make your next Birding Excursion to the Kenai Peninsula! Bring your camera, bird books and binoculars for a great time!