Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

See Ruby-throated hummingbirds up-close at the banding table with Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander of both hummingbirds and songbird species at the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, Saturday, August 22nd at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. 

The festival will treat visitors to renowned speakers on nature topics, live animal demonstrations, guided nature walks and vendors selling food and drinks, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, garden items and other merchandise with nature-related themes.  

Naturalist, Paul Schneeberger, will present a slide show for children and lead them on a nature walk and Steve McGaffin, Naturalist and Educator for the Knoxville Zoo, will lead a butterfly walk. Other nature walks will be held throughout the day. Lynne McCoy, a wildlife rehabilitator who takes in 600-800 birds and mammals per year, will bring a few of her mammals and birds of prey to meet festival visitors, and Dr. Louise Conrad, Ijams’ veterinarian, will exhibit Ijams’ resident rat snake.

Expert speakers will give programs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. T. David Pitts will speak on hummingbirds. David Unger, Professor of Biology, Maryville College, will speak on bears and other predators. Chris Ogle, with TWRA, will talk about the Golden Eagle Project in Tennessee.
Stephen Lyn Bales, naturalist and author, will speak about the Secrets of our Backyard Birds.

The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will take place Saturday, August 22nd from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and has an admission of $5.00. Children under six are admitted free. Hummingbird banding will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The festival is co-sponsored by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, and will be located at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920 (865-577-4717).

For more information about the festival contact Billie Cantwell at 865-567-4273 or bfcantwell@gmail.com.

The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society was organized in 1924 to promote the enjoyment, scientific study and conservation of birds. The chapter provides the annual JB Owen Award for projects that promote the welfare and conservation of birds in Tennessee. The organization meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., Room 118 in UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Activities include field trips each month and spring, fall and Christmas bird counts.

Ijams Nature Center seeks to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world by providing quality environmental educational programs and nature related experience for all people.

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Event Dates

8/22/2015 – 8/22/2015

Admission Fee (if any)

$5.00; children under six admitted free; all proceeds benefit Ijams Nature Center and the Knoxville Chapter, Tennessee Ornithological Society

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

all ages

ADA Accessibility Notes

handicapped accessible

How to Get There

Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920, approximately three miles from downtown Knoxville.
Please call 865-577-4717 if you need special assistance with directions.

From Downtown Knoxville via Gay Street
Take the Gay Street bridge south and turn left onto Sevier Avenue. Follow Sevier Avenue. After passing through two traffic lights turn left onto Island Home Avenue. Follow Island Home Avenue, which turns right by the entrance to Island Home Park. Follow green directional signs to Ijams., approximately 1.5 miles on your left.

From Interstate 40W
Take James White Pkwy Exit 388A
Continue on two left lanes down James White Parkway
Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. exit
Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.)
Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill)
Ijams is approximately 1 mile on the Left

From Interstate 40E
Take James White Pkwy Exit 388A
Merge onto James White Pkwy.
Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. exit
Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.)
Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill)
Ijams is approximately 1 mile on the Left

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