Hummingbird Festival in Cook County Forest Preserve August 15
The Will County Audubon Society (a chapter of Illinois Audubon Society) and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are sponsoring a hummingbird festival on August 15, 2014 at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont, Illinois. This event will be held from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
The highlight of the festival will be the capture and banding of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, our smallest North American bird. This hummingbird banding will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 AM and Noon only. Vern Kleen, one of only three licensed hummingbird banders in the state of Illinois, will conduct the capture and banding operations. Vern will provide details about the life history of hummingbirds, why they are banded, and how one can “adopt” one.
This festival is one of many that Vern conducts throughout the state but it is the only one in the Chicago area. Details of the hummingbird festival can be found at the Illinois Audubon Society (IAS) web site (www.illinoisaudubon.org). Vern is a retired avian ecologist. However his “retirement” consists mainly of guiding statewide, national and international field trips, banding hummingbirds and other resident and migrant birds, and administering a “Stamps for Wildlife” program for IAS.
As you enter Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, you will experience the hummingbird migration route. If you complete this route, you will be given a raffle ticket which makes you eligible to win a hummingbird feeder. There will be a new, special exhibit this year: Poisons at Home! It will highlight the need for everyone to be more aware of how many toxic products are used and discarded in an unregulated way, affecting the environment, wildlife, pets and humans. There will also be humming bird arts and crafts for kids, viewing the World of Hummers, the humming bird slide show, hummer movies and live hummer viewing. Please be aware that some activities are weather dependent. Not all activities are available at all times.
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center is located at: 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL 60439, (630) 257-2045
Directions: 100 yards east of Archer Ave., or four miles west of LaGrange Rd. on Rt. 83 near Lemont, Illinois.
Food vendors will not be present at the Hummingbird Festival but you are welcome to bring snacks and beverages (no alcohol), and water. Clean, indoor restrooms are available.