Ijams Presents Eighth Annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival Aug. 25

August 14th, 2018

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If spending a little face time with a ruby-throated hummingbird, discovering the secrets of backyard birds, and learning the basics of bees sounds like fun, make plans to attend Ijams Nature Center’s eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Presented by WBIR-TV Channel 10, this annual event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., but if you want to see a live hummingbird, you need to come early! These tiny creatures are active during early morning and finicky about the weather. Most birds are captured and released during the first few hours of the festival.

During these personal encounters, certified Master Bander Mark Armstrong will demonstrate bird banding and talk about why banding is important. One member of each small group will release the hummingbird.

Late risers who miss these close encounters will still have the chance to learn a lot about ruby-throats during a workshop presented by Armstrong later in the day. Other workshops will cover beginning birding, backyard butterflies, gardening to attract hummingbirds, citizen science, and more.

The event also features animal presentations; kids’ activities; a marketplace of arts, crafts, garden décor, and plants from local nurseries; and food trucks.

Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and up, $3 for children ages 5-11, and $20 for a family (parents plus children). Kids 4 and under are free.

The eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival is sponsored by WBIR-TV Channel 10, Perky Pet, Agri Feed Pet Supply, City of Knoxville, Stanley’s Greenhouse, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and Visit Knoxville.

For details, visit www.ijams.org/hummingbird-festival/.

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