Here’s your guide to the annual Rockport event

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The 34th Annual HummerBird Celebration will take place in the Rockport-Fulton area Thursday through Sunday with the fall migration of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

The annual event takes place every September to deepen knowledge about birds and associated fauna. There is something for all nature lovers.

Activities will include events with keynote speakers, field trips, educational opportunities and workshops.

Tickets for the events range from $5 to $125 and can be purchased at rockport-fulton.org/HB.

What is the program ?

Thursday:

  • Aransas Trails Event: The free event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Pavilion Center located north of Walmart on Business 35 in Tule Creek West. There will be prizes and fun for all.
  • Of themOne-hour boat trips for birdwatching: Depart at 3 and 6 p.m. from Fulton Harbor on The Skimmer with Captain Tommy Moore to view various species. The cost is $60.
  • Local birdwatchers present a panel discussion: Local birders chat and share tips on birding experiences and prime locations at the Rockport Aquarium Education Center. The cost is $5.
  • Welcome reception: From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., take advantage of this free event with wine and cheese. There will be announcements and special presentations at the Rockport Center for the Arts at 401 S. Austin in downtown Rockport.
  • 34th Anniversary: ​​Keynote Presentation and Dinner: Enjoy dinner including smoked BBQ chicken, side dishes, and dessert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Saltwater Pavilion on Rockport Beach. There will be a special presentation by photographer and videographer Cissy Beasley. The cost is $35.

Friday:

  • Exclusive Private Boat and Eco-Bird Tour: From 7am to 11am, ride with Aransas Bay Adventures on this specialized birding and nature trip. You may bring any equipment deemed necessary, including a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, and birding books. The cost is $125.
  • “Learning to Look” by Richard Crossley: Keynote speaker Richard Crossley will provide an intimate setting at 7 a.m. teaching helpful tips on how to identify birds, observe interesting behaviors and learn identification tips from the bird trade. The event is sold out.
  • Hummer Home Guided Bus Trips: Guided by experienced birders, embark on this journey at 7:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 1:45 PM, and 3:45 PM to witness exclusive hummingbird banding by Master Bander Susan Heath. The cost is $15 for the 7:15 a.m. ride. The other three events are sold out.
  • Ornithological conference/field trip: At 8:30 a.m., the program will improve bird identification skills by expert birder Glenn Olsen. The lecture will take place at the Aquarium Education Center in Rockport, followed by a field trip. The event is sold out.
  • Texas State Parks Birding Tour in South Texas: At 8:30 am at Goose Island State Park, you’ll begin the “Birds of Texas” program, then head to a birding event led by Ben Horstmann. The event is sold out.
  • Two-Hour Boat Birdwatching Tours: Departs at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm from Fulton Harbor on The Skimmer with Captain Tommy Moore to view various species. The cost is $60 for the noon and 3 p.m. trips. The other two events are sold out.
  • Bird photography lessons: Join photographers John Martell or Debra Strothman at 9 a.m. at The Inn at Fulton Harbor to learn how to photograph songbirds and hummingbirds. The cost is $12.
  • Bird photography lessons: At 10:20 a.m., photographer Debra Strothman will teach guests photography tips at The Inn at Fulton Harbor. The cost is $12.

Saturday:

  • Barnhart Q5 Ranch Tour: Enjoy a working ranch tour from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Goliad County. Ranchers will offer a tailgate tour of the 700-acre property with periodic stops to learn about the birds and plants there. The cost is $50.
  • Fennessey Ranch Birding Tour: From 6:30 a.m. to noon, visit the Fennessey Ranch in the heart of the Central Flyway. Over 420 species of birds have been recorded on the ranch, including painted sparrows, green jays, swallow-tailed kites, and bald eagles. The cost is $50.
  • “Learning to Look” by Richard Crossley: Keynote speaker Richard Crossley will provide an intimate setting at 7 a.m. teaching helpful tips on how to identify birds, observe interesting behaviors and learn identification tips from the bird trade. The event is sold out.
  • Hummer Home Guided Bus Trips: Guided by experienced birders, embark on this journey at 7:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 1:45 PM, and 3:45 PM to witness exclusive hummingbird banding by Master Bander Susan Heath. The cost is $15 for the 7:15 a.m. ride. The other three events are sold out.
  • Hummer Breakfast at the History Center: From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., a special meal prepared with local herbs will delight attendees while enjoying the hummingbirds on the ground. Seating is outside under live oak trees. The event is sold out.
  • Two-Hour Boat Birdwatching Tours: Departs at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm from Fulton Harbor on The Skimmer with Captain Tommy Moore to view various species. The cost is $60 for the noon and 3 p.m. trips. The other two events are sold out.
  • Bird photography lessons: Join photographer John Martell at 9 a.m. at The Inn at Fulton Harbor to learn how to photograph songbirds and hummingbirds. The cost is $12.
  • Bird photography lessons: At 10:20 a.m., photographer Debra Strothman will teach guests photography tips at The Inn at Fulton Harbor. The cost is $12.
  • Exclusive Private Boat and Eco-Bird Tour: At 7:00 p.m., ride with Aransas Bay Adventures on this specialized birding and nature trip. You may bring any equipment deemed necessary, including a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, and birding books. The event is sold out.

Sunday:

  • Exclusive Private Boat and Eco-Bird Tour: From 7am to 11am, ride with Aransas Bay Adventures on this specialized birding and nature trip. You may bring any equipment deemed necessary, including a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, and birding books. The cost is $125.
  • Texas State Parks Birding Tour in South Texas: At 8:30 am at Goose Island State Park, you will begin the “Birds of Texas” program, then head to a birding event led by Ben Horstmann. The event is sold out.
  • Hummer Home Guided Bus Trips: Guided by experienced birders, embark on this journey at 9:30 a.m. to witness the exclusive banding of hummingbirds by master bander Susan Heath. The cost is $15.
  • Ornithological trip by boat/Brunch on the bay: Starting at 9 a.m., board The Skimmer with Captain Tommy Moore for a four-hour brunch and birdwatching voyage. The event is sold out.

Which suppliers and organizations will be present?

The celebration will have the Hummer Mall, an exhibition-style area with booths from vendors and organizations offering nature-related products. It will be located in the common area of ​​Rockport-Fulton High School.

The mall will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Rockport's HummerBird Celebration takes place Thursday through Sunday at various locations around Rockport.

Suppliers and organizations include:

  • Glass Friend Art
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge of Matagorda Island
  • Aunt Betty’s craft
  • #1 Best Hummingbird Feeder
  • Bird Nerd Edition
  • Birder’s Bazaar & More, Inc.
  • Bloomin’ B Farms
  • Certified Butterfly
  • Coastal Bend Gallery
  • Corrie Sue’s creations
  • El Patero Ranch and nature photography
  • FaiFoo’s (food vendor)
  • Fern Olson (food vendor)
  • Flicker and Flutters
  • Goose Island State Park
  • The Herb Cottage
  • Karen KrummArt
  • King Ranch Visitor Center and Kingsville Convention & Visitor Bureau
  • KS Canuck LLC
  • Binoculars Earth Sea and Sky
  • Lisa Jones covers
  • M Design Studio
  • Mid-Coast Master Naturalist
  • Natures Best Hummingbird Feeder
  • Opticron
  • wonders of nature
  • painting the delights
  • Passion for pearls and jewelry
  • purple sage
  • Richard Crossley
  • rock art
  • Photos of the Rockport House
  • Romarda collections
  • SBJ Productions
  • Twins Sharon Chatterton/Karen Resta
  • South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
  • Spencer’s Custom Wood
  • Sue Bonnar Art
  • Swarovski optics
  • Ten Bears Woodworking
  • Trinity Creative Jewelry
  • Tropical Smoothie (Food Vendor)
  • V. Rose Pottery

What will the weather be?

The Weather Channel shows scattered showers and thunderstorms over the four-day event.

Thursday: There will be a 60% chance of rain with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. It will become mostly sunny throughout the day with a high of 86. The evening will have clear skies early with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the night.

Dorothy Doerly of Chicago watches birds from the observation deck at Hans Suter Wildlife Park along Ennis Joslin Road on February 2, 1994.

Friday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning then becoming sunny all day. The high will be 86 with a 50% chance of rain. Clear skies in the early evening with scattered showers and thunderstorms later in the night. The chance of rain will increase to 60% in the evening.

Saturday: There will be a few thunderstorms in the morning with mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. There is a 50% chance of rain with a high of 86. The evenings will have clear skies and scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop later in the evening.

Sunday: There will be scattered thunderstorms throughout the day with a high of 87 and 60% chance of rain.

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