“Hummingbird migration in this area is at its peak in August,” said NS Interpreter Carrie Szwed. “A large number of hummingbirds stop here on their journey south to Mexico and Central America. During this time, up to 200 hummingbirds visit our feeders in a single day. The festival is an opportunity to be a part of this awesome event.”
The main Hummingbird Festival events take place at the NS Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to Hummingbird Festival 2011 is $5 ages 13 and up and $3 ages 5-12.
Visit with NS staff and guest exhibitors to learn more about these amazing little birds and how you can help them survive their long migration. Highlights of the weekend include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a nature photography program, a native plant sale, a honeybee observation hive, activities and games for children, and live animal programs.
Take-home information will be available about gardening, bird feeding, nature-friendly cleaning products, and more. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the stars of the weekend, the Ruby-throated hummingbirds.
Brainard Palmer-Ball Jr. and Mark Monroe, local hummingbird banders, will give up close demonstrations throughout the day on the technique of bird banding. Banding is a way of identifying and tracking individual birds.
If a hummingbird is recaptured at another study site along its migration route, the leg band number is recorded and added to a database. Biologists can then look at all the data collected over the years for clues about the habits of these tiny birds and how best to meet their habitat needs. Visitors can attend ongoing demonstrations and visit other information stations Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Other weekend activities include Dinner with the Hummingbirds on Friday, Aug. 5, that requires reservations and full deposits due to limited space. For complete information or reservations, contact 270-924-2020. The following is a list of NS programs for the weekend:
Friday, Aug. 5
6 – 8 p.m. – Dinner with the Hummingbirds; $20 per person (includes dinner and evening admission)
Saturday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations
10:30 a.m. – Hummingbirds 101
11:30 a.m. – Migration Miracles
12:30 p.m. – Hummingbirds for Kids
1:30 p.m. – Hummingbirds 101
2:30 p.m. – Nature Photography: Composition
3:30 p.m. – The Power of Pollinators
Sunday, Aug. 7
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations
11:30 a.m. – Hummingbirds 101
12:30 p.m. – Hummingbird Folklore
1:30 p.m. – Nature Photography: Composition
2:30 p.m. – Hummingbirds 101
3:30 p.m. – Gardening for Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.
We encourage visitors to review our website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, and temporary trail and road closures. Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.
This press release was submitted by Kathyrn Harper, media contact for Land Between the Lakes.