Thursday, September 1, 2005

Hummingbird fest offers array of activities for all

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The sixth annual Hummingbird festival at Strawberry Plains Audubon has a lot lined up for next week. The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday, September 9-11.

But the festival is kicked off in the downtown square at Holly Springs Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. with the announcement of the winners of the children’s art contest and a visit from Harry the Hummingbird.

School day is Thursday for children whose schools have registered.

This year Audubon will officially open the festival with special guest Governor Haley Barbour and first lady Marsha Barbour. They are among a number of dignitaries who will help the Audubon Society celebrate 100 years of conservation.

Audubon’s president John Flicker is here this year to provide a special program detailing the society’s first 100 years.

Historian Hubert McAlexander is back this year and will hold signings of his book “A Southern Tapestry.”

Special tours and tent stops will again be plentiful. These include experts talking about hawks, birds of prey, woodpeckers, bats, bird watching, gardening for wildlife, deer diets, spiders, cane breaks, amphibians, reptiles and endangered species and rehabilitation of injured animals in the wild.

Opportunities for youth to learn about art and science are provided Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 4 p.m. Youth activities include special tents for kids to learn about skunks, snakes and frogs. Finger puppet making and creating origami critters will also be demonstrated for youngsters. Once again this year Bob Sargent will be banding hummingbirds - a procedure that helps scientists learn more about the birds’ migration.

Strawberry Plains Audubon is located on Highway 311 North about 3.2 miles north of Holly Springs. The entrance to the property will be marked. The entrance is to the east and immediately south of Strawberry Church.

To plan for specific activities review the schedule below.

Hummingbird Festival Schedule
September 9, 10, 11

  • Friday, September 9

Hummingbird Banding - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

— Bob Sargent

Bat Encounter 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

— Rob Mies

History of Strawberry Plains

10 a.m. & 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

— Hurbert McAlexander

100 years National Audubon Soc.

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

— John Flicker

Reptiles/Endangered Species 11 a.m.

— Alice Harper & John DeFillipo

Book Signing - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

“A Southern Tapestry” by

Dr. Hurbert McAlexander

Nature Walks - 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

— Mark LaSalle

Meet by Ecology Tent

Joy of Birding - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

— Pete Dunne

Gardening for Wildlife 1 p.m.

— Kristen Lamberson

Birds in flight, etc. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

— Pete Dunne

Ivory-billed Woodpecker - 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, September 10

Hummingbird Banding - 9a.m.-5p.m. — Bob Sargent

Nature’s “Gall”; From Oak to Goldenrod 10 a.m.

— Mark LaSalle

Upland Forest Restoration - 11 a.m.

—Steve Brewer

Bat Encounter 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

— Rob Mies

Mississippi Amphibians 12 p.m.

—Becky Rosamond

Ivory-billed woodpecker 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

— Jerome Jackson

History of Strawberry Plains

10 a.m. & 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.

— Hurbert McAlexander

100 years National Audubon Soc.

10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

— John Flicker

Reptiles/Endangered Species 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

— Alice Harper & John DeFillipo

Book Signing - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

“A Southern Tapestry” by

Dr. Hurbert McAlexander

Nature Walks - 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

— Mark LaSalle

Meet by Ecology Tent

Swifts, Swallows & Martins - 11 p.m.

Margaret Copeland

Making money while practicing conservation 12 p.m.

— Larry Jarrett

Joy of Birding - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

— Pete Dunne

Gardening for Wildlife 1 p.m.

— Kristen Lamberson

Ivory-billed Woodpecker - 2 p.m.

— Jerome Jackson

Buying/using binoculars ‘n’ scopes 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

— Eagle Optics

Spider Spectacular 2 p.m.

— Gail Stratton

  • Sunday, September 11

Rehabilitating Injured Wild Animals - 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

—Val Smith & Ande Lehman

Bat Encounter - 11 p.m. & 2 p.m.

— Rob Mies

Ivory-billed Woodpecker - 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.

— Jerome Jackson

Reptiles/Endangered Species -1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

— Alice Harper & John DeFillipo

Wildlife Gardening - 12 p.m.

— Kristin Lamberson

History of Strawberry Plains 1 p.m.

— Nancy Smith

Buying and using binoculars 2 p.m.

— Eagle Optics

Making money off land while practicing conservation - 12 p.m.

— Larry Jarrett

Deer Herbivory & Invasive Plants 1 p.m.

— Gary Ervin

Nature’s “Gall” 1 p.m.

— Mark LaSalle

Canebrake Restoration - 2 p.m.

— Margaret Cirtain

Think Global, Act Local - 3 p.m.

— Kristin Lamberson


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