Thursday, September 1, 2011
Hummingbird festival scheduled Sept. 9-11
The Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs will host the Hummingbird Migration Celebration and Nature Festival September 9-11.
The award-winning festival treats thousands of guests to renowned speakers, live animals, wagon rides and a close look at the ruby-throated hummingbird, one of the smallest birds on Earth.
North Mississippi is a perfect place for these tiny birds to stop and refuel before the grueling non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. The native plants, insects and feeders at Strawberry Plains Audubon help hummingbirds pack on the extra “pounds” for the Gulf crossing, which takes about 22 hours.
Experts will be on hand at the festival to talk to guests about how creating habitat and providing food, with native plants, insects and sugar water, can help these tiny titans, and a host of other animals, return another year.
Bob Sargent and his team from the Hummer/Bird Study Group amaze attendees with an unparalleled view as they put tiny leg bands on the birds in order to better track their travels.
With an extensive trail system, over 200 species of birds and an exciting festival line-up, visitors can enjoy this natural and historic place in many ways.
Bubba Hubbard, director of Strawberry Plains Audubon, said, “There’s something for all ages and most importantly, you’ll feel the spirit of nature restored on this old historic cotton plantation.”
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children under 12; admission for 12-passenger vans and buses is $10 per person. All parking is free.
For more information on the Hummingbird Migration Celebration events, call 662-252-1155.
Early deadlines set for next week’s edition
The South Reporter will have early deadlines for its September 8 edition due to the Labor Day holiday.
Deadline is Friday, Sept. 2, at noon for classifieds and the same day at 5 p.m. for news and all other ads.
The South Reporter office will be closed next Monday.
Parker to speak at Sept. 6 library meeting
Friends of the Library invite everyone to the Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs.
The program is at 12 noon and will feature author/illustrator Laurie Parker.
Refreshments will be served.
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