The unique location of Tutka Bay Lodge allows guests to experience one of North America’s great migratory bird sanctuaries.

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - Maya Angelou

Our bird season at Tutka Bay Lodge officially starts with Homer’s Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Held in May, it is  Alaska’s largest wildlife-viewing festival. The event celebrates the many thousands of shorebirds and other species that can be seen here at the height of spring migration.

Throughout the summer, we take boat trips from the lodge to Gull Island, a famed rookery and summer home to 15,000 birds. Some of the birds we see are Red-faced Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Horned Puffin, and Tufted Puffin.

Our lodge property is home to nesting American Eagles, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and many more. Watch out for the Rufus Hummingbirds in early summer, they “swarm” around the decks!