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Event Date: August 23, 2014

 

Learn all about ruby-throated hummingbirds at the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, Knoxville, TN, August 23rd

 

Hummingbird Festival Celebrates Hummingbirds and Nature

 

Juvenile Ruby-Throat and Cardinal Flower. Photo Credit: Vickie Henderson  View Larger Image

 

Knoxville, Tennessee, August 4, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - On Saturday, August 23rd, at the fourth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place at the Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating lives of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and see them up-close at the banding table. Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander of both hummingbirds and songbird species, will demonstrate how hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed and measured, and banded before being released to continue their migration journey.  At the demonstration, visitors can witness the delicate process of applying a numbered band to a hummer’s tiny leg so that its future migration movements can be tracked. Children, in particular, will enjoy this close-viewing opportunity.
 
The male Ruby-throated hummingbird leaves a dazzling impression with his bright red throat and fierce temperament, but many will be surprised to learn that the female hummingbird does all the work of raising young. Hummingbirds do not establish pairs bonds, as many other birds do, but only come together briefly for breeding.

 

 

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The female builds a nest of plant fibers, approximately the size of a quarter, and decorates it with silvery green lichen. She binds the nest materials together with sticky spider silk and secures it to a branch by wrapping the silk around the entire limb over and over again.  Then without any assistance from a mate, she incubates her eggs, feeds her nestlings (usually two) and often begins her second brood while still feeding fledglings from the first brood. This is only a glimpse into the fast-paced lives of hummingbirds, a species that can easily charm the most casual of backyard bird watchers.
 
Banding has enormous scientific value, providing a way to document the specialized timing and direction of hummingbird movement during migration. August and September are busy migration months in Tennessee when thousands of hummingbirds from northern breeding territories are moving south through our state on their way to wintering grounds in Central America and southern Mexico.
 
The festival will treat visitors to renowned speakers on nature topics, live animal demonstrations, guided nature walks and vendors selling food and drinks, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, garden items, and a “Bargain Barn” selling gently used books and other merchandise with nature-related themes.

 

 

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New for 2014, a special children’s area will offer educational activities for kids and child-focused nature walks.  Environmental Man, portrayed by Oliver Lang, will also enchant children with his food-chain costume and his ability to channel familiar animals that tell him stories containing valuable lessons about conservation.
 
Expert speakers will present programs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.  T. David Pitts, Professor of Biology, UT Martin will talk about the hummingbirds nesting in your yard and about bluebirds.  David Unger, Professor of Biology, Maryville College, will speak on wolves and bears. Chris Ogle, with TWRA, will speak on wildlife diversity in Tennessee, and Peg Beute, naturalist with Ijams Nature Center, will offer more information about hummingbird plants for your garden.
 
Stephen Lyn Bales, author of Ghost Birds, will speak about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky:  The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, will speak on the passenger pigeon. Chris Mahoney, Master Gardener from Chattanooga, will be available to discuss plants and flowering shrubs that can help attract hummingbirds to your garden and Steve McGaffin, Naturalist and Educator for the Knoxville Zoo, will lead a butterfly walk.  Additionally, Lynne McCoy, a wildlife rehabilitator who takes in 600-800 birds and mammals per year, will bring a few of her animal “ambassadors” to meet festival visitors.
 
The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place Saturday, August 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has an admission of $5.00.  Children under six are admitted free. Hummingbird banding will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m.  The festival is co-sponsored by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, and will be located at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN  37920 (865-577-4717).
 
The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society was organized in 1924 to promote the enjoyment, scientific study and conservation of birds.  The chapter provides the annual JB Owen Award for projects that promote the welfare and conservation of birds in Tennessee. The organization meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., Room 118 in UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Activities include field trips each month and spring, fall and Christmas bird counts. 

Web: www.tnbirds.org/chapters/knoxvill/KTOS_HumBird_Festival.html 

 

  

 

 

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Knoxville Chapter TN Ornithological Society

1613 Cove Creek Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920

Web: www.tnbirds.org/KTOS.html

 

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Tennessee, Knoxville, Event Date: August 23, 2014

Learn all about ruby-throated hummingbirds at the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, Knoxville, TN, August 23rd

On Saturday, August 23rd, at the fourth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place at the Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating lives of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and see them up-close at the banding table. Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander of both hummingbirds and songbird species, will demonstrate how hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed and measured, and banded before being released to continue their migration journey.  At the demonstration, visitors can witness the delicate process of applying a numbered band to a hummer’s tiny leg so that its future migration movements can be tracked. Children, in particular, will enjoy this close-viewing opportunity. The festival will treat visitors to renowned speakers on nature topics, live animal demonstrations, guided nature walks and vendors selling food and drinks, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, garden items, and a “Bargain Barn” selling gently used books and other merchandise with nature-related themes. The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has an admission of $5.00. Children under six are admitted free. Hummingbird banding will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m. www.tnbirds.org/chapters/knoxvill/KTOS_HumBird_Festival.html

 

 

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