Hummingbird Festival

The fifth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Speakers, Activities and Vendors Map: Festival Schedule. Bird Banding runs from 8:00am until noon.

Presented by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, visitors have the opportunity to see ruby-throated hummingbirds up-close at a banding demonstration by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander.

IMG_5427_juvenile ruby-throat and cardinal flower_VHenderson 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.

The festival features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, guided walks and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies as well as garden items. Admission is $5 per person. Children 6 and under are free.



Speakers include:

  • David Pitts, Professor of Biology, UT Martin will talk about “The Hummingbirds that Nest in your Yard”.
  • Stephen Lyn Bales, Author & Ijams’ Senior Naturalist – Secrets of Backyard Birds
  • David Unger, Professor of Biology,  Maryville College – Predators & Bears
  • Chris Ogle, TWRA –Golden Eagles in Tennessee
  • Lynne McCoy, a local wildlife rehabilitator
  • Dr. Louise Conrad: Ijams’ Veterinerian animals presentations

Click here for Speaker Biographies


Hummingbird Banding from 8 am-12 noon
• Native plants and arts and crafts
• Food and drinks
• Guided nature walks

Additional parking with shuttle to Ijams Visitor Center.


Watch a brief clip from last year’s wonderful festival! 


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