September 10, 2009
Hummingbird activities this week, Sept. 11-13; schedule on pages 8-9
Visit one of Mississippi’s finest nature areas on September 11-13 and see hundreds of ruby-throated hummingbirds as they migrate from Canada through Mississippi to their winter home in Mexico and Central America.
Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, an outdoor lover’s paradise in Holly Springs, for the 10th annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration. The center showcases 2,600 acres of magnificent forests, grasslands and native plant gardens, plus the majestic Davis House restored to its 19th century glory.
Visitors to this historic old cotton plantation have a chance to see these tiny titans up close as they pause to fuel up for their non-stop 500-mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
Renowned experts Bob and Martha Sargent of the Hummer/Bird Study Group will be banding hummingbirds and giving visitors a close-up view and insight on their behavior.
Popular returning programs include the live bat encounter with Rob Mies, president of the Organization for Bat Conservation, guided nature walks, wagon rides and tours.
For a schedule of events and a map, see pages 8-9. For more, go to strawberryplains.audubon.org or call 662-252-1155.
Luncheon, health fair set for next Tuesday
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce will hosts its next membership luncheon, a come-and-go event, Tuesday, Sept. 15.
It will be held at the Multi-Purpose Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with a health fair sponsored by Trinity Mission Health and Rehab.
Members and the public are invited to come to the health fair and have routine testing such as blood pressure, blood sugar, etc., as well as get information on health issues.
The lunch (barbecue) is free to chamber members and will be available to the public for a nominal fee.
White Oak Festival set for Oct. 10 in Byhalia
The annual White Oak Fall Festival in Byhalia is just one month away, set for Saturday, October 10.
The festival, sponsored by the Byhalia Sports Association, will be held at the BSA ball fields on Lowery Road, just off Highway 178. It will feature arts and crafts, a talent show, lots of good food and much more. For more information, call Janice Wagg at 901-246-8843.
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