Hummingbird Festival

The fifth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015

More information will be posted soon! Below is details from last year’s event.


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

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.

IMG_5427_juvenile ruby-throat and cardinal flower_VHenderson 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, bird feeders and supplies, garden items and a “Bargain Barn” selling new and gently used merchandise with nature themes.


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


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

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