Many opportunities exist to see and learn more about these delightful airborne creatures during bird banding, bus/boat and nature tours, lectures, workshops and, of course, Hummer Home tours. The event features more than 80 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. Kevin Gaines will keynote Friday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Also, Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, you can view live birds in flight, children’s activities, butterfly exhibit, native plant sales, hummingbird facts and more. This year’s lineup for keynote speakers include:
Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer who has published numerous articles on bird identification and natural history for an assortment of magazines, books and journals. Karlson’s Program will feature “Birds on the Wind: The Miracle of Migration.” Breathtaking photos and several musical interludes to add to the interesting nature of this presentation. This light-hearted program appeals to birders and non-birders alike.
Kevin Gaines will present Sky Kings Falconry. Kevin has been working with raptors for almost 10 years and has worked with birds from as small as Kestrels and Conures to ones as large as Bald Eagles and Andean Condors. He has recently started using his skills in the bird abatement field and founded “Sky Kings Falconry Service” in order to spread the message of wildlife conservation and offer an environmentally friendly alternative to bird problems. He will be presenting “Raptors Revealed.”
Kelly Bryan from Fort Davis will be talking about the interesting Western U.S. hummers (different from eastern ones we usually see here). He has banded at various sites between Terlingua and Mount Livermore. His presentation will be “Jewels of the Mountains and Desert.”
Bob Sargent, official Master Hummingbird Bander, who hails from Alabama, will be hummer banding at the Official Hummer Banding site. A Master Bander is a licensed technician that records data and banding birds.
Open to the public, the times are:
• Thursday, 2-5 p.m.
• Friday, 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
• Saturday, 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Rockport Center for the Arts join expert wildlife photographers John Martell for a discussion of tips and tricks on “Photographing hummingbirds and Other Small Birds” and Bruce Sherman as she covers the subject of “Photographing Birds of Texas.”
Children (18 and under) are admitted to talks without charge when accompanied by an adult.
For complete HummerBird Celebration details and activities visit www.rockporthummingbird.com or call 800-242-0071.