Sedona Hummingbird Festival still humming

Hummers in a feeding frenzy. Photo by Gerald Snyder

Hummers in a feeding frenzy. Photo by Gerald Snyder

The popular Sedona Hummingbird Festival is Aug. 1-3, and several events have already sold out. But there are still informative presentations and demonstrations available as well as the art exhibit, which is new this year, and the Hummingbird Marketplace.

Most of the activity will be at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Online ticket sales will close on July 31 at http://www.hummingbirdsociety.org/festival.php.

The festival is presented by the Sedona Hummingbird Society, drawing hummingbird aficionados from around the country and the world.

The hummingbird population of hummingbirds peaks in August as various species cross flight paths. The festival will have "hotspots" open to the public to see up to 2,000 birds a day and feeders and flowers. There will also be banders attaching tiny numbered bands to the birds' legs to obtain scientific information.

Presentations in the Sedona Performing Arts Center auditorium at the school start each day at 9:45 a.m.

Friday, Ross Hawkins starts things off with "Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds, followed by Bill Lindemann talking about "Hummingbird Courtship: Flash! Zoom! Bang! And Done!"

In the afternoon, Professor Ethan Temeles will talk about "Food, Sex and a Hummingbird: Coevolution in a Species." David Salman will have "Planting to Attract Hummers in Western Gardens." Steve Bouricius will have "Hummingbird Banding."

Saturday, photographer Robert "Bud" Hensley starts the morning with "Photos (& gardening)," followed by Lindemann's encore of "Hummingbird Courtship: Flash! Zoom! Bang! And Done!"

Peter Hodum talks about "Protecting the Juan Fernandez Firecrown," Beth Kingsley Hawkins will talk on "Hummingbird Medicine," and master gardener Dr. Paul Schnur talks on "Hummer Gardens in Sedona and Phoenix."

Sunday, hear Temeles' encore presentation of about "Food, Sex and a Hummingbird: Coevolution in a Species." Salman will again discuss "Planting to Attract Hummers in Western Gardens."

In the afternoon, Darleen Ortlieb Frechen presents "Hummingbird Rehabilitation," and Ross Hawkins presents "Diversity and Beauty, Unmatched!"

The Songbird Essentials Hummingbird Conservation Lecture is now an integrated part of Saturday's presentations:  Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m.; no extra ticket is required.

The new Hummingbird Art Exhibit is presented free at three locations in Sedona - at the Festival in the SPAC, at the Goldenstein Gallery, 70 Dry Creek Road, and at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road in Uptown Sedona. Opening night is on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m.

For more information about the festival, programs, activities and event ticket availability visit http://www.hummingbirdsociety.org/festival.php or call the Society at (928) 284-2251.

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