Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon slated for Memorial Day

The Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon will be held on May 26 at Skyview High School.

The open race starts at 11 a.m. and consists of a 500-yard swim, 5-mile mountain bike and a 3-mile run. The entry fee is $10 for the open event or $5 for the mini-triathlon for competitors 12 and under which consists of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The mini-triathlon starts at 9 a.m.

The day also will include live music and a barbecue.

For more information, contact John Steckel at 283-0836, or by e-mail at jsteckel@alaska.net. Race applications can be downloaded from tsalteshi.org.

Boat safety checks coming up

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kenai and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting courtesy preseason vessel equipment safety checks in the Fred Meyer parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 and May 24.

Recreational boaters as well as Kenai River guide boat operators are welcome to attend.

The even is cohosted by Alaska State Parks and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard at 283-3292.

Kayak Fest offers something for all paddlers

The Kachemak Kayak Fest is slated to run from May 23 through June 1 in Homer, with plenty of events, trips and presentations to please just about every marine enthusiast.

Activities include workshops for paddlers of all levels, presentations by Nanwalek Tradition Bearer Nick Tanape, as well as other kayak adventurers, guided group trips and plenty of entertainment.

For a complete schedule, visit the festival Web site at www.kachemakkayakfest.com. The event is sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce which can be reached at (907) 235-7740 for more information.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival this weekend

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which kicked off Thursday, runs through Sunday with events scheduled in and around Homer.

Over 90 events are on the festival schedule, including activities like birding workshops, bay cruises and children's activities. The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival takes place in conjunction with the shorebird festival.

The shorebird festival is sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information call (907) 235-7740 or visit the Web site at www.homeralaska.org.

Great Backyard Bird Count collects 50,000 lists

Bird enthusiasts across North America submitted almost 50,000 checklists totaling more than 4 million birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count in February.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, developed by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, asked birdwatchers to spend a few minutes watching birds and submit observations over the Internet.

This year's count documented 512 species of birds, including 91 species observed throughout Alaska.

To view results, visit www.birdsource.org.

Barn door already in the boat

It's just a little more than a week into the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, and already there's a lunker leading the standings.

Dan Ozuna of Boise, Idaho, landed his 228.4-pound fish on May 3 while fishing with Capt. Pete Wedin of Capt. Pete's Alaskan Experience.

The current second- and third-place fish were both caught by Tom Barkman of Homer aboard his private boat. Second place, landed on May 2, weighed in at 100 pounds while third place, caught May 1, was 96 pounds.

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