September 12, 2013
‘A super year’
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (SPAC) provided another bountiful nature tourism experience for the area last weekend.
Close to 7,000 guests from the local region, the southern U.S. and as far away as the State of New York attended the 14th annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration featuring the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird on its migration path to Mexico and Central America.
Hummingbird banders Bob and Martha Sargent reported “a super year.”
“It was probably the most hummingbirds ever seen in the woods; we banded 367 birds,” Bob Sargent said. “Two of the birds captured were previously banded. We also banded an unusual number of immature birds this year, which we believe is a result of an exceptional breeding year to the north. “
The three-day event provided wonderful nature programs for the entire family. The Kids’ Tent was bigger and better than ever, providing one of the premier stops for the day.
Bob Sargent also said, “This was the best year for the children. There were more children than ever and they were so well-behaved.”
A favorite part of the banding tent is always where children and adults have the opportunity to listen to the tiny bird’s heartbeat and hold them carefully in their hand as they fly into the wild.
“The weather cooperated beautifully,” said Madge Lindsay, interim director at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.
“It was very hot, and we had two at-home ballgames, but that did not deter attendance. The event surpassed last year by about 200 visitors.”
Next year’s event is scheduled for September 5-7, 2014.
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