I’ll admit that when I first heard of the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, I thought, “Who wants to go to Arizona in the middle of summer?” BUT all of my doubts were quickly put to rest when I found out that the number and variety of hummingbirds in Sedona reaches its peak in August. Not only that, but the Sedona area is unlike the rest of sweltering Arizona because it’s in the mountains, making the average temperature for August about 92 degrees.
This year’s festival is the 4th annual and takes place July 31-Aug. 2. It’s three jam-packed days of hummingbirds! Birds & Blooms is a festival sponsor this year and I’ll be there, most likely in major awe of all the hummingbird species I never get to see here in Wisconsin. Tickets are on sale now, so purchase fast and make the Sedona Hummingbird Festival your summer vacation destination.
Here are just a few of the festival highlights:
HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN TOURS
Tickets are $15 in advance. Wander through private gardens, designated as hummingbird hotspots, open on Saturday and Sunday as part of the festival’s Garden Tours. These tours are self-guided, so go at your own pace! See species like rufous, broad-tailed, calliope, Anna’s and black-chinned hummingbirds.
Single day and three-day passes to all presentations are available. A highlight for 2015 is a Saturday presentation that will focus on hummingbird conservation. Enjoy a range of expert topics, like “Hummingbirds 101: The Basics of Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds,” “Small Space Hummingbird Gardening,” “Catch Me If You Can: How to Take Photos of Hummingbirds” and more!
Tickets are $25 in advance. Dine with hummingbirds at hotspot locations. Breakfast is served all three days of the festival from 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Licensed hummingbird banders will be attaching tiny numbered bands to the hummer’s legs and registering the information with the Bird Banding Laboratory. This provides unique scientific information about hummingbird movements obtainable in no other way. Two different banding locations are set for the festival and visiting the banding areas is free.
Others events and highlights include birding trips, a gala banquet, art exhibit and vendor marketplace. Visit their website for more information.