July is a great month to explore beautiful parks, enjoy arts and crafts, and learn about and hand-feed hummingbirds!
July 1-August 31
Lake Hope State Park, Ohio
Rugged, heavily forested, 2,983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run. Remnants of abandoned mining and iron-producing industries can be found amid the beautiful scenery, along with a passel of hungry Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, which you can feed by hand all month long. Watch a video of people feeding hummingbirds.
Audubon Art and Craft Festival
This not-for-profit show raises funds for student scholarships and environmentally threatened areas in the northern Poconos. This year’s festival honors writer and naturalist Rachel Carson, whose famous book Silent Spring launched the environmental movement.
Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration
St. Francisville, Louisiana
High Country Hummers Festival
Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, Eagar, Arizona
Well-known hummingbird expert Sheri Williamson, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America and a co-founder of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, will lead a one-of-a-kind capture and banding event in eastern Arizona. Talk about fun! This event is free and open to the public.
July 31-August 3
Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival
Sierra Vista, Arizona
As if dozens of expert-led field trips in southeastern Arizona aren’t enough, our friend Scott Weidensaul, acclaimed author of Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, The Ghost with the Trembling Wings, and Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding, will give the keynote address on Saturday.
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. The events above appeared in our August 2013 issue.