The third annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival is Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $5, and children younger than 6 are admitted free.
Presented by the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, visitors will have the opportunity to see ruby-throated hummingbirds up close at a banding demonstration by Mark Armstrong, a certified master bander.
Hummingbirds will be harmlessly captured, weighed, measured and banded before being sent on their way.
Banding provides a way to document hummingbird movement during migration. August and September are busy migration months in Tennessee, with thousands of hummingbirds moving south on their way to wintering grounds in Central America and southern Mexico.
The festival will also feature speakers on nature topics; wildlife educational demonstrations; guided walks; and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, birdfeeders and supplies, and garden items. A "bargain barn" will sell new and gently used merchandise with nature themes.
Speakers include T. David Pitts, professor of biology at UT Martin; Marcia Davis, birdlife columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel; David Unger, professor of biology at Maryville College; Steve McGaffin, naturalist and educator for the Knoxville Zoo; and Lynne McCoy, a local wildlife rehabilitator.
Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Ave., approximately three miles from downtown Knoxville. Click here for more information.
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