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25 September-2 October 2015

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(San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

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Awhile back I learned that in 2013 a historic town in central Mexico organized what they called the Festival Internacional del Colibrí (International Hummingbird Festival). The organizers invited hummer enthusiasts from Central America and elsewhere to travel to San Miguel de Allende for a celebration of these tiny feathered creatures. I was delighted when festival organizers contacted me about giving the kick-off keynote presentation for the third annual festival, to be held the first weekend in October 2015. I gladly accepted the invitation, of course, in part because all previous visits to Mexico were to less-than-idyllic border towns across from Arizona and South Texas. Besides, it was an honor to be invited. Rather than write a minute-by-minute description of the Mexico trip, I've decided to offer a few snippets of information and a portfolio of images that summarize my week in San Miguel as part of the 3rd annual International Hummingbird Festival.


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I arrived late evening on 25 September 2015 at Guanajuato International Airport near Leon, about 225 miles northwest of Mexico City. There I was met by festival founders Alfredo Garcia-Lucio and Jim McKeever (above), who entertained and informed me during the 90-minute drive to San Miguel and acted as consummate hosts during my entire stay. I'm thankful for our newfound freidnship and for their professional contributions on behalf of hummingbirds and the environment in Mexico and beyond.

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Alfredo and Jim are also owners of Parasol--a Mexican company that makes glass hummingbird feeders and accessories.

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25 September-2 October 2015


* = new banded species for 2015

0 species
0 individuals

50 species (34-yr. avg. = 65.8)

2,215 individuals
(34-yr. avg. =
1,856.0 )
242 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (32-yr. avg = 166)

(Banding began 28 June 1982; since then 171 species have been observed on or over the property.)
126 species
63,101 individuals
5,296 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

(with original banding date, sex, and current age):

--The immediate past installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" was a collection of random nature observations during the middle of Sep 2015. It is archived and always available on the Center's Web site as Installment #627.

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