Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2011 Alaska Hummingbird Festival Underway

The annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan celebrates the return of migratory birds to Alaska. The month-long festival includes weekly Birding Insight lectures, guided bird hikes, and Visiting Artists programs. Some highlights include a live bird presentation, a Hummingbird Garden where you can watch Hummingbirds feeding, and a Juried Art Show for Alaskan Artists.

A visitor enjoys an entry at the Juried Art Show
The festival kicked off on April 1st with the annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show opening reception held at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. The goal of the show is to educate and promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska. Fifty-eight artists submitted works in a variety of media. Attendance was well over 200 with most folks also attending the Birding Insight at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Evon Zerbitz presented "Big Black Birds in my Backyard: Natural History of the Raven."

The following day over 20 people attended the guided bird hike around Ward Lake with Cheryl Fultz. The group's sightings included winter wren, varied thrush, Barrow’s goldeneye, and Canada geese. Later in the day the Visiting Artists program featured Deanne Teeter with her paper mosaic bird class. Children created colorful pictures of the rufous hummingbird, mallard duck, and northern flicker.

For more event information find our schedule posted on the blog calendar--see "Calendar" tab above.

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