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In 2008, informative and entertaining hummingbird banding presentations are being scheduled for locations around the country
(see below).

If your group would like to host "Hummingbird Mornings" anywhere in the U.S. or Canada in 2008 or later, see below and contact Bill Hilton Jr.

Bill Hilton Jr., executive director of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, is one of only about 150 active scientists in the world authorized to capture and band Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris). Each summer, his famous Hummingbird Mornings presentations delight thousands of hummingbird enthusiasts around the country.

Find out how to attract these amazing feathered dynamos to your yard and then get up close and personal with hummers as Bill captures and bands them. You don't want to miss this chance to learn from a nationally known expert and exceptionally entertaining and informative lecturer. Satisfaction guaranteed!

In the elegant words of one audience member who saw Bill's 2003 presentation in Virginia, "I cannot remember the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed a seminar as yours today in Fredericksburg."

Hummingbird Mornings weekends may include banding demonstrations, slide lectures, teacher workshops, student programs, activities for senior citizens, or any combination thereof--including training in the exciting new GLOBE/Operation RubyThroat hummingbird observation protocols. Admission fees vary with the site and door prizes may be awarded. All proceeds go to support the work of Hilton Pond Center and other non-profit organizations hosting the events.

Click on the dates below for details
Land Between The Lakes, KY/TN
Fayette County WV Elderhostel

We still have open weekends and weekday dates for August and early September 2008, the optimal period for trapping hummingbirds during a presentation
(We're also now booking for 2009, and beyond.)

Saturday and/or Sunday
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each day
(Friday night and/or Saturday night slide presentations
are also possible)

-- Hosted By Your Organization --
Anywhere in USA or Canada

Contact Bill Hilton Jr. for an opportunity to host Hummingbird Mornings and generate great publicity & revenue for your own organization.

If you can't attend a "Hummingbird Morning" program, Operation RubyThroat T-shirts are available by mail for $15 (plus $5 shipping); proceeds support hummingbird research & education.

August 1-3, 2008
(NOTE: ALL activities at Woodlands Nature Station)
6-9:30 pm Friday:
"Dinner with Hilton and the Hummingbirds"
9 am-4:30 pm Saturday: Hummingbird Banding Sessions
10 am-3 pm Sunday: Hummingbird Banding Sessions

-- Land Between The Lakes "HummingbirdFest"--
Woodlands Nature Station
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond KY
Phone: 270-924-2020

Map and overview at http://www.lbl.org

Hummingbird games and crafts for kids; information booth on hummingbird gardening, feeder care, and hummingbird biology; shade grown coffee tastings, interactive displays; hummingbird photography booth; interpretive programs on native Kentucky wildife; and more!

Admission Fee: $3 children/$5 adults for one day; $4 children/$6 adults for both days; $3 for seminar only; $6 package for the entire weekend. (Does not include Friday night activity.)

Friday evening "Dinner With Hilton and the Hummingbirds" is limited to 40 participants (advance registration required) and includes an up-close look at hummingbird banding, a catered barbecue dinner, and a slide presentation about hummers on both ends of their migrational path. Cost TBA.

Operation RubyThroat T-shirts will be available for $15; proceeds support hummingbird research & education.

On Friday (8:30 am-2:30 pm), a special GLOBE/Operation RubyThroat training workshop will be offered for adults--such as birders, gardeners, and especially K-16 teachers--interested in learning how to collect and report observations about Ruby-throated Hummingbird behavior. (Home-school teachers also have found the project very useful.) The workshop includes information on developing a Schoolyard or Backyard Hummingbird Habitat. A $10 fee includes materials, lunch, and Friday admission to the nature station; advance registration is required by contacting Cindy Earls via E-mail or phone (270-924-2020).

From Nashville:
Take I-24 N to Cadiz KY exit; go west on US68/KY80 for 10 miles to Land Between the Lakes; turn off onto road called the Trace and go north; Woodlands Nature Station is 12 miles.
From St. Louis MO and Paducah KY: Take I-24 S to Grand Rivers KY exit; go south about 18 miles to turn off to Woodlands Nature Station on left.

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August 28-31, 2007
Friday thru Sunday

-- Fayette County WV --
Hawks Nest State Park

The Fayette County event is being limited in 2008 to registered ElderHostel participants. To encourage humnmingbird banding as a public event in 2009, please contact Dave Pollard.

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