Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hummingbird event Sept. 9-11

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend Audubon’s celebration of the century in Holly Springs. The Sixth Annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is set for Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

This year’s event is planned to be bigger and better than ever with the celebration of Audubon’s 100th year in bird conservation. Helping celebrate the Centennial Year will be National Audubon Society’s president, John Flicker, who will lead the festivities along with Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour, who are invited and expected to attend. First Lady Marsha Barbour helped open last year’s event where over 6,500 people took part in the annual nature festival.

The 2005 program not only includes the popular hummingbird banding and releases by Bob and Martha Sargent but new programs from wildlife, bird and history experts such as Jerome Jackson, who will be presenting on the recently re-discovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Pete Dunne, the nationally famous author and “Bard of Birding” will speak and entertain with his knowledge of birds and bird watching; Bats and Bat Conservation will be featured with Rob Mies.

The History of Strawberry Plains will be presented by Dr. Hubert McAlexander, in addition to programs on wildlife scheduled from the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation group and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center staff has been busy planning the special event and with the help of the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau has just released its promotional brochure to be distributed through Mississippi highway information centers and other venues.

Audubon would like to express their appreciation to the celebration’s backers and sponsors who are helping make the event possible, including Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau; decorate the place.com; FedEx; Frank and Vicki Swords; Bank of Holly Springs; Fitch Farms and Galena Plantation; Merchants & Farmers Bank; First State Bank; Liddy’s Health Mart; Eagle Optics; Kizer Jones Law Office; Booker Hardware; Trees by Touliatas; City Café, McA Style; Gibson Auto Parts; Safety Quip; United Parts.

To learn more about the event go on line to www.msaudubon.org. Or, you may pick up a brochure at the Holly Springs Tourism Office located at 103 East Gholson Avenue or at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center office at 285 Plains Road.


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