Oak Hill, WV (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
Scientists say a hummingbird beats its wings 25-50 times per second, allowing you only a short glimpse at these storied creatures before they are off to the next flower or habitat. Luckily for eager birders throughout West Virginia and beyond, Ace Adventure Resort will soon host the Hummingbird Festival, a celebration of this majestic—if a bit manic—creature.
In the shadow of towering zip-line tour courses and white water rafting areas, a decidedly more low-key activity will be taking place. Led by master-bander and hummingbird expert Bill Hilton Jr.; and local gardening specialist Terri Johnson, the Hummingbird Festival guides visitors through the world of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. From feeding to nesting to migration and behavior, you will learn not only how to spot these creatures but how to create a habitat for them in your backyard, schoolyard or local nature center.
By learning the process of banding—tagging birds for field research—visitors will get an inside look into the world of birding, a popular hobby and environmentalist passion that peers into the private lives of our winged neighbors. The educational fun continues with native plant demonstrations and other birding methods to help you catch some of the world's most rare birds in action.
Each registered guest receives 10% off their choice of: 1 day of the 2012 Fall Birding Weekend, or 2013 New River Birding & Nature Festival, or 2013 New River Hummingbird Festival!
Hummingbird Festival Itinerary.
8:00 - 10:30: Ruby-throated Hummingbird banding demonstrations: the "how and why" of banding with Bill Hilton Jr.
10:30 - 11:30: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Costa Rica and Back!
12:30 - 1:00: Native plants: design a hummingbird habitat in your backyard, schoolyard or nature center.
1:00 - 4:00: Ruby-throated Hummingbird banding
To reserve your spot today, call 800-787-3982. But you'd better hurry, as these deals disappear faster than a Ruby Throated Hummingbird wing.