Silver City Hummingbird Festival
Silver City, New Mexico
July 30 – 31, 2016
The Hummingbird Festival is a unique opportunity to catch these beautiful birds in action at the height of the season. Festivities include guest speakers and live entertainment.
July is the height of the migration season for the thousands of hummingbirds that stay or pass through the Sapillo Creek valley each year. Species identified in the immediate area include the Magnificent, Blue-throated, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Allen's, Broad-billed, Rufus, Anna's, Calliope, Lucifer, and Costa hummingbirds. Natural land formations have drawn these little birds through the Sapillo Valley as a nesting destination for generations making the area rich in mass numbers as well as species. The festival is a unique opportunity to see them up-close and learn about their lives, habits, and migration patterns.
The festival is held at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern near Lake Roberts. The remote restaurant, lodge, and brewery is located on Highway 35 at the junction of Highway 15, on the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings north of Silver City.
July 29th — August 1st
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held around the first weekend in August, when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 or even 6-7 species instead of the usual 2. Thanks to Sedona's high altitude of 4,500 feet, we escape the intense summer heat experienced in more southern parts of Arizona.
The state of Arizona is already well known for viewing many hummingbird species (a fact that Texas disputes, of course). People travel great distances just to see Arizona's hummers. But Sedona features many different breathtaking features — most notably Red Rock Country, a haunting desert landscape. Is there a more fantastic place in America to see hummers? We don't think so! That's the logic behind the tagline for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival: The Most Beautiful Place in America to See Hummingbirds.
Residents and businesses have also been encouraged to include hummer-friendly flowers in their yard. Those lacking time or inclination for gardening put out feeders, largely beginning in June. By keeping the feeders filled and fresh, residents year after year see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives—leading to ever-higher populations.
Saturday August 20th, 2016
The Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah is a celebration of the ruby-throated hummingbird sponsored by Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. Their mission is to produce a festival that promotes understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the ruby-throated hummingbird by people of all ages through education, conservation, and research. Come out for this unique, community-oriented event!
Rock Port, TX
Sept. 15th - 18th, 2016
The HummerBird Celebration is an annual event held each September in the charming and friendly coastal towns of Rockport and Fulton. The purpose is to celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird through the area, first documented by Connie Hagar in 1938, and to expand one's knowledge of all birds and associated wildlife.The Celebration is fun, educational, and inspiring. There is something for everyone and it's designed for those who just enjoy birds to the more experienced birder. If you enjoy nature, or some aspect of it, then this event is for you!
Fort Davis, TX
August 18th - 20th
Fort Davis, Texas, at its elevation of 5,050 feet is known as the Hummingbird Capitol of Texas. For these three days, our town highlights these magnificent creatures that call our little corner of the world home!
Also check out the Hummingbird Photo Workshop hosted by Larry Ditto Wildlife Photography.
Sipe Wildlife Area, AZ
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is again offering a unique opportunity for people to learn more about Arizona’s colorful forest hummingbirds at the 13th annual High Country Hummers Festival. Sheri Williamson, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hummingbirds, will lead a capture and bird-banding event with the invaluable assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers that is free and open to the public. Participants will be able to observe researchers up close as they handle, measure and band these flying jewels. The festival takes place at the department’s Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area located near Eagar in eastern Arizona.
This one-of-a-kind program begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. Come prepared to spend most of the morning outdoors with the potential of some summer rain. It’s a good idea to bring a camera, as there will be plenty of great photo opportunities, such as taking your picture with a live raptor at the Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center “critter photo booth.”
The Sipe Wildlife Area is located southeast of Eagar and Springerville. From Eagar, take Highway 191 toward Alpine for about two miles to the signed turnoff at the top of the first hill. Drive south five miles to the Sipe property on a gravel road suitable for passenger cars.