NASHVILLE, TN – The Warner Park Nature Center (WPNC) is hosting an in-person Hummingbird Celebration on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to visitors of all ages. It offers a rare opportunity to glimpse the inner life of nature’s smallest feathered creatures, hummingbirds. Did you know that these fantastic birds literally live in the fast lane? Some species in the hummingbird family can produce a wingbeat rate of 200 beats per second and measure a heart rate of 1,200 beats per minute. That’s 20 per second! And we’re proud to say that our birders at WPNC have been dedicatedly studying and observing the hummingbirds of central Tennessee for more than two decades.
During the August 27 event, patrons will have the chance to see hummingbird banding demonstrations, live hummingbird viewing stations, bingo and scavenger hunts, face painting, arts and crafts. crafts and tips for attracting hummingbirds. Our partners at Friends of Warner Parks, Bellevue Public Library, Davidson County Master Gardeners and Nashville University School will provide staff and run various activity stations. Visitors will be able to purchase hummingbird feeders and hummingbird-related items at the Wood Trush Shop. Food trucks will offer snacks and drinks.
At 11:00 a.m., guest presenters Amy and Carl Wilms and Dr. Lina Rifai will lead the interactive program “The Wonders of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird” and share personal experiences and anecdotes from their extensive research into the hummingbird life cycle. Amy Wilms is a banding master of Songbirds, Saw-whet Owls and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds (RTHU). She has been ringing RTHUs for nearly a decade, most often on the porch of her former home, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society near Connersville, IN. Amy has gathered over 6000 RTHUs and is always happy to share what she has learned about their behavior and individual traits.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only hummingbird species that nest east of the Mississippi River and have the most extensive breeding range of any North American hummingbird. They can be found in central Tennessee from March through October; however, August and September offer the best opportunity to see hummingbirds at feeders. This is the beginning of their migration to Central America for the winter via Tennessee. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are among the smallest birds in the world, weighing only 1/8 ounce, about the same as a penny. Adult males are smaller than females and have red throats. On average, boys weigh only 3.0 grams; girls are slightly larger at 3.5 grams. Juvenile birds resemble adult females with emerald green backs and white-tipped tails.
Established in 1973, the Warner Park Nature Center is located in Nashville’s largest park and located at 7311 Highway 100 in Nashville.
For more information, please visit http://wpnc.nashville.gov, email [email protected], or call 615-862-8555.