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Fifth annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival set for July 29-31

7/20/16

SEDONA – Head up to Sedona on the weekend of July 29-31 and enjoy a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with hummingbirds. The Fifth Annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival will include three days of presentations by renowned hummingbird experts, self-guided garden tours, exhibits, birding trips, and more. The festival will be presented by the International Hummingbird Society and held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and at various spots around Sedona.

The festival is scheduled to correspond with an influx of hummingbirds that flutter through Sedona on their way to southern Mexico, where they spend the winter months. During this time, Sedona’s hummingbird population swells exponentially, with up to seven different species present. In the months leading up to this migratory event, the residents and businesses of Sedona are encouraged to plant hummer-friendly flowers or place feeders on their properties, and the result has been an increasingly higher number of hummingbirds visiting Sedona year after year, with some residents estimating that they have been visited by 500-2,000 hummingbirds per day.

The festival will include a series of presentations by internationally recognized hummingbird experts. Julie Zickefoose, an acclaimed author, artist, and naturalist, will deliver the headlining presentation, “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest” on Saturday morning, discussing her study of wild nestlings, including her experiences serving as a “foster mother” to orphaned hummers and other birds. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Susan Wethington will present a special lecture regarding conservation and how hummingbirds survive and thrive in a changing environment, addressing specific threats that hummingbirds face and ways to assist with conservation efforts.

Other presentations will include “Hummingbird Garden Design” by horticulturalist Mark Fleming, “Nature Gives Us Art: The Zen of Photographing Hummingbirds” by Beth Kingsley Hawkins, M.A. and owner of the Sedona Hummingbird Gallery, and “Hummingbirds 101: The Basics of Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds” by Dr. H. Ross Hawkins.  All presentations will be held in the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Among the festival’s most popular attractions are the Birds & Blooms Hummingbird Garden Tours, sponsored by Birds & Blooms magazine. These self-guided tours allow attendees to meander through private gardens that have been identified as “hummingbird hotspots.” Festival guests will also be able to enjoy several free events, including art exhibits and the opportunity to witness banding, when hummingbirds are marked with tiny, numbered anklets so that their movements may be scientifically tracked. 

The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is sponsored by the International Hummingbird Society, a Sedona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about hummingbirds and advancing conservation efforts for these captivating creatures.  This mission is in response to the fact that approximately ten percent of hummingbird species are at risk for extinction. 

Tickets for the festival are available at the door. For more information, contact The Hummingbird Society at 1(800) 529-3699 or (928) 284-2251.