Hummingbird Festival

Join Ijams for the seventh annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival!

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

NEW IN 2017! For the first time ever, Ijams is hosting an art contest to design the T-shirt for this year’s event. T-shirts will be sold during the event, as well as in the Ijams Gift Shop after the event. CLICK HERE to learn more about art submission guidelines and contest rules. 

About the Event

The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival began as a joint effort between Ijams and the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. The event features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. But the main highlight of this event is the opportunity for visitors to get close to ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn about them during banding demonstrations by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander.

hummingbird vickie Hummingbirds are 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.



While you are axiously awaiting the 2017 event, please enjoy this audio recording from the 2016 presentation by Stephen Lyn Bales entitled The Secrets of Backyard Birds.