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Hummingbird Festival

Join Ijams Nature Center for the 2022 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings! You'll learn about and have close encounters with some of your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds and other backyard birds to moths, butterflies, bees, bats, and more!

Events and Activities

Bird Nerd Speaker Series
with Stephen Lyn Bales: Aug. 1-12 

(SEE BELOW for details)
Hummingbird Festival: Aug. 13
7 am-1 pm
(NOTE: Bird banding slots are booked for specific times)
Where: Ijams Homesite Lawn and surrounding areas
Tickets 

General Admission: $10

Members: $8 (Use Code: MEMBER)

Children (2-12): $5 (Use Code: CHILD)

Children under 2: FREE

Hummingbird Festival

There's a ton of fun going on during the festival from 7 am-1 pm! Festival tickets include:

Bird Banding Station - Get a behind-the scenes look at how scientists capture birds, how they are banded, and why banding is important with certified master bander Mark Armstrong! This year, the bird banding station will capture ALL birds, including hummingbirds! Remember: Like most birds, hummingbirds are MOST ACTIVE early in the morning, so your best chance of seeing a ruby-throated hummingbird is at the beginning of the event! 

NOTE: Bird banding demonstrations are scheduled in 30-minute sessions. Attendance is limited in each group to ensure an excellent, safe, and intimate experience. PLEASE note which time slot you sign up for!​

Ijams Animal Ambassadors – Get up close and personal with some of the animals who call Ijams home. Learn more about and experience close encounters with birds of prey, including owls, a hawk, and a falcon.

Guided Nature Nerd Hikes – Join Ijams teacher naturalists on guided walks that focus on a variety of bird-related topics and nerd out on nature. Explore Ijams' trails to witness the natural wonders that are available year-round!

Educational Booths and Activities – Have fun under the big tent with engaging activities allowing all ages to explore and celebrate the wonders of birds and all things with wings.

Community Science Opportunities – Learn how to do real research NOW; it's easier than you think! 

Dipnetting – Explore Ijams ponds to look for life with Ijams educators! You’ll find salamanders, frogs, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and other winged creatures during their aquatic stages of life!​

Partner Booths – Enjoy visiting festival sponsors, environmental organizations, and others doing amazing things in the local community that help protect all things winged

Educational Materials for Parents and Families – Get fun, educational materials to work on with your kids at home! 

Bird Nerd Speaker Series

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Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds"  (6-8 pm)

Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds! Register Here

Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)

Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly! Register Here

Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey"  (6-8 pm)

Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey. Register Here

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds"  (6-8 pm)

Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds! Register Here

QUESTIONS? 
Contact Education Director Jennie McGuigan at jmcguigan@ijams.org.
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