From staff reports
The annual New River Hummingbird Festival will be hosted this year by Hawks Nest State Park on Aug. 10-11.
Join master bander and hummingbird expert Bill Hilton Jr., and local gardening specialist Terri Johnson, as they help those in attendance to discover the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds’ feeding, nesting, migration, and behavior, and how to design a hummingbird habitat in your backyard, schoolyard or nature center.
The event will begin Friday, Aug. 10 with dinner at 5 p.m. at the lodge restaurant; limited seating is available. At 6 p.m., Hilton, who is the consulting director of the New River Birding & Nature Center at Wolf Creek Park, will offer a presentation entitled “Ruby-throated Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Costa Rica and Back!”
The next day brings the chance for learning a plethora of information related to the welcome summer visitors. Beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m., both Hilton and Johnson will offer information on topics ranging from hummingbird banding to the native plants that can best be used to attract the hummingbirds. The Midland Trail Pavilion at Hawks Nest is the site of the Saturday activities.
There is no admission fee required for the Hummingbird Festival, but donations are accepted to benefit the 501-C3 Fayette County Education Fund. The fund is tasked with helping to secure the future of Fayette County by providing relevant leadership and environmental training to the community, with an emphasis on youth education.
Donors of $25 or more will receive a Perky-Pet Hummingbird Feeder; and those who donate $50 or more will receive a Perky-Pet Hummingbird Feeder and a New River Birding & Nature Festival T-shirt.