Thursday, September 15, 2011
About 7,500 attend annual festival
By SUE WATSON
The estimated attendance at the 12th annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs was about 7,500, down a tad from last year, according to center director Bubba Hubbard.
He said 388 new Ruby-throated hummingbirds were banded – an outstanding crop of the tiny migratory bird species found this year in the Southeast. One bird was recaptured with a band by the Hummer Study Group this year.
Hubbard thanked about 95 hard-working volunteers, many who worked all three days of the festival, to help the nature center carry out its biggest annual mission in Mississippi.
This year’s big event was blessed by great weather and a good lineup of speakers, he said.
Education is the center point of the Audubon’s focus. This year naturalists discussed snakes, bats, predators, native plants, feathers, mountain lions, and sustaining wildlife with native plants.
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