Strawberry Plains readies for hummingbird migration

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – The Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs will host the Hummingbird Migration Celebration amp& Nature Festival on Sept. 7-9.
This award-winning festival treats thousands of guests to renowned speakers on various nature topics, live animal shows, guided walks/wagon rides and a close-up look at the ruby-throated hummingbird, one of nature’s most fascinating creatures.
Strawberry Plains is the perfect site for these tiny titans to stop and refuel before the grueling nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. An abundance of native plants and feeders that provide insects and nectar help the hummingbirds pack on the required weight for the 22-hour Gulf crossing.
Visitors can see hummingbirds from inside the antebellum Davis House, as they flit through the gardens of Strawberry Plains. But nothing beats seeing these birds up close. Bob Sargent and his team from the Hummer/Bird Study Group amaze attendees with an unparalleled view as they put tiny leg bands on the birds in order to better track their travels.
Expert speakers from across the country will provide presentations on snakes, bats, birds and insects, and plants along with guided walks and wagon rides. A unique host of local artisans will be selling nature-inspired crafts.
Native plant and wildlife experts will be answering questions about what kind of plants appeal to birds, how to place your feeders for maximum benefits, and why indigenous plants are easier to maintain.
A large variety of rare native plants will be for sale at the festival.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5-12; admission for 12-passenger vans and buses is $10 per person. Parking is free and concessions are available.
For more information visit http://strawberryplains.audubon.org or call (662) 252-1155.