The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place Saturday, August 23th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Knoxville, Tennessee. 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. Hummingbird banding will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m.
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. T. David Pitts will speak on hummingbirds and bluebirds. David Unger, Professor of Biology, Maryville College, will speak on wolves and bears. Chris Ogle, with TWRA, will speak on wildlife diversity in Tennessee, and Peg Beute, naturalist with Ijams Nature Center, will offer information about hummingbird plants for your garden.
Stephen Lyn Bales, author of Ghost Birds, will speak about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, will speak on the Passenger Pigeon. Chris Mahoney, Master Gardener from Chattanooga, will be available to discuss plants and flowering shrubs that can help attract hummingbirds to your garden and Steve McGaffin, Naturalist and Educator for the Knoxville Zoo, will lead a butterfly walk. Additionally, Lynne McCoy, a wildlife rehabilitator who takes in 600-800 birds and mammals per year, will bring a few of her animal “ambassadors” to meet festival visitors.
For more information about the festival or to join the festivities as a volunteer, contact Billie Cantwell at 865-567-4273.