On Saturday, August 23th, at the fourth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, Knoxville residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating lives of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and see them up-close at the banding table. Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander of both hummingbirds and songbird species, will demonstrate how hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed and measured, and banded before being released to continue their migration journey.The festival will treat visitors to renowned speakers on nature topics, live animal demonstrations, guided nature walks and vendors selling food and drinks, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, garden items, and a “Bargain Barn” selling gently used books and other merchandise with nature-related themes. New for 2014, a special children’s area will offer educational activities for kids and child-focused nature walks! Environmental Man, portrayed by Oliver Lang, will also enchant children with his food-chain costume and his ability to channel familiar animals that tell him stories containing valuable lessons about conservation.
Expert speakers will present programs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place Saturday, August 23th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has an admission of $5.00. Children under six are admitted free. Hummingbird banding will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m. The festival is co-sponsored by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, and will be located at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920 (865-577-4717).
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