Date: July 3, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: partly sunny
Temperature: start 52º
Year List: 257
Birds: Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, Sooty Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow
It was busy day at work with over 450 visitors. We spent part of the morning helping Traven put finishing touches on the 4th of July float. The parade here begins at 6 pm. There are no fireworks – sunset is not till 11:30, and there really is no darkness, so what is the point? The theme of the parade is honoring the past and strengthening the future, so the Refuge float will have military nurses with patients to honor the past, and an island with many seabirds flying over it to help strengthen and create the future. The Alaska Maritime NWR is made of 2500 islands with millions of nesting seabirds. The islands were also the only place which was held by the enemy during WWII, hence the military theme. It is also the 70th anniversary of the battles that took back the Aleutian Islands under enemy control.
Dinner was spoon tacos, we walked the park, which is completely full, and enjoyed a video from the refuge library for the evening.