From the base of the Homer Spit, take this 4-mile paved trail to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. The trail is in excellent condition and is flat as a pancake for most of its length. The first mile of trail is along a broad estuary that is great for birding. Once you pass the one-mile mark you’ll be riding past fishing boats that are out of the water being worked on as well as a few shops.
Above Homer, up East Hill and right on Skyline Drive a mile and a half (a beautiful drive along the bluffs overlooking Homer), watch for the Wynn Nature Center, managed by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. You can stroll in the wilderness among the beautiful flora and watch for wildlife or take a tour guided by a well-informed naturalist.
Hundreds of red-necked phalaropes can be seen from the end of the Homer Spit during their spring and fall migrations. Look for these small birds spinning in circles on the water. They do this to concentrate food. These whirling living tops are a joy to watch. They tend to be in small flocks, which can make spotting them easier.
Wherever there is food, you will find ravens and northwest crows. In fact crows love people and their food. At the Homer Small Boat Harbor you can find these birds feeding along the shore, in the campgrounds and perched on the surrounding telephone poles and buildings.
Everyone wants to explore a tidepool, don’t they? This is a must for the kids—even that little kid in those slightly more mature visitors. Here’s the perfect spot. Bring a towel and let’s have an intertidal adventure.
If you're interested in tidal life and exceptional vistas, Bishop's Beach affords an excellent opportunity.More...
At Homer’s main traffic light, at Lake Street and the Sterling Highway, be sure to stop on the south side of the road and look up—way up. You’ll likely get a glimpse of a big, messy eagle’s nest at the top of a dead spruce there, where in late summer you might even see fluffy, rumpled baby eagles peeping over the top. Look one tree over, too, to see if you can More...