Popular hummingbird festival returns to Ijams

Amber ParkerOur Town Outdoors

If you love learning about hummingbirds, butterflies and other things with wings, you won’t want to miss Ijams Nature Center’s 11th annual Ijams Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings, on Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s outdoor festival features two tickets, a General Festival ticket and a Behind-the-Scenes Bundle, as well as activities that are free to the public. Free activities include live raptor demonstrations, educational materials for parents and families, and a marketplace featuring arts and crafts, plants, gardening décor, access to food and drink, and more on the Ijams Visitor Center plaza. The General Festival ticket includes all speaker sessions, a kids’ area with activities and educational booths, dipnetting and relaxed, guided nature walks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Hummingbird on native cardinal flower. Photo by Beth Kinnane.

The Behind-the-Scenes Bundle features all general festival activities, plus a bird banding appointment, community science opportunities, a chance to meet the Ijams animal ambassadors, and more detailed, guided hikes. Bird banding is scheduled in 30-minute appointments starting at 7 a.m.; the last appointment is 11:30 a.m. The bundle activities run from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. to allow attendees to enjoy general festival activities before or after they attend the bird banding demonstration. Bundle tickets are $12, and space is limited to ensure physical distancing.

The 11th annual Ijams Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings is sponsored by Ergon Terminaling Inc., The Trust Company of Tennessee, WBIR-TV Channel 10, HomeTrust Bank, Stanley’s Greenhouse and Tennessee Wildlife Federation. More info here.

Go to OutdoorKnoxville.com to find other activities.

Amber Parker is executive director of Ijams Nature Center.


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