R-F Chamber | "HummerBird Celebration 30th Anniversary"

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Rockport-Fulton, Texas (August 2018)- Celebrate the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and all fall migrants at the 30th Anniversary HummerBird Celebration in Rockport and Fulton, Texas Sept. 13-16. A Thursday evening reception at the Rockport Center for the Arts kicks off the event, followed by a special 30th Anniversary dinner and presentation by from 6:30pm – 8:30pm held at Drifters RV Resort, Recreation Hall, 4401 Hwy 35S, Rockport. Dinner: Texas BBQ, Smoked Chicken and all the trimmings plus cobbler. Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey the auditorium will not be open for speakers this year, but the sanctuary of Rockport Church of Christ, 1520 Omohundro St. (walking distance from the high school) will serve as the auditorium for 2018.

Many opportunities exist to get involved in the Hummerbird Celebration. Various activities throughout the weekend are offered such as: bus, boat and nature tours, photography talks, field trips, lectures, workshops, outdoor exhibits, butterfly exhibit and of course, Hummer Home tours. The event features over 60 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. There will be a special breakfast at the Aransas County History Center at 8:30am and an Aransas Pathways event on Thursday morning starting at 7:30am. Learn more about Hummingbirds during the special bird bandings. Master Banders for this year are: Sue Heath, Director of Conservation Research on the Gulf Coast and Sumita Prasad, who has been banding for over 17 years.

Keynote Speakers:

Martha McLeod, 6:30pm Thursday Dinner. Harvey, “Hummingbirds & Hope” An award-winning teacher and youth birding program sponsor, Martha has been in education for 25 years Her student birding team competes yearly in the Great Texas Birding Classic achieving top honors. She was recently named “Birder of the Year” by Swarovski Optiks/Bird Watcher's Digest.

Sky Kings Falconry, 5 p.m. Friday: "Raptors Revealed" in the Auditorium
Sky Kings Falconry features hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, parrots and other colorful and interesting animals. The program will focus on natural history, unique traits and the natural abilities of these incredible animals. Sky Kings Falconry is dedicated to the Education, and preservation of our planet's wildlife, and employing its natural abilities to correct environmental issues. Birds in flight so arrive early as the doors need to stay closed after the presentation begins.

James Currie, 3:40 p.m. Saturday: "Twenty Hummingbirds to see before you die - A Video Journey" in the Auditorium. Nikon's Birding Adventures and National Geographic TV host, James Currie, takes you on a thrilling journey around the new world to explore its diversity of hummingbirds. Countdown the top twenty hummingbirds to see on earth and join James for this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at these remarkable creatures. James will also be signing copies of his award-winning book, When Eagles Roar, after the presentation.

Other featured speakers:

Kathi Borgmann PhD, currently a science writer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Kathi is an avid birder and nature enthusiast who has been birding for more than 15 years. Program Title: How to Use and Make the Most of eBird. Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 3:40 pm; Saturday Sept 15, 2:20 pm

Greg Lasley, Wildlife photographer Greg Lasley, photographs have been published in over one hundred magazines, journals, and books. Program Title: Birds of the Big Bend\Dates and times of program: Friday, Sept 14, 2:20 pm; Saturday, Sept 15, 1:00 pm

Ben Horstmann, serves as the regional Interpretive Specialist for South Texas State Parks. His addiction to birding was a direct result of moving here and birding with the park staff and volunteers at the parks. Program Title: A Birding Tour of the Texas State Parks in South Texas. Dates and times of program: Sunday Sept 16, 8:30 am - 11:30 am Location: Goose Island State Park

Bill Lindemann is a Native Texan, naturalist and an avid birder for over 50 years. Program Title: Hummingbird Courtship: Flash! Zoom! Done !Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 1:00 pm Middle School; Saturday Sept 15, 10:20 am Auditorium

Jason Loghry will be sharing a presentation about his first (and current) big year here in Aransas County Program Title: Homecoming Big Year: A Look at Birdwatching in Aransas County - Rockport & Fulton, Texas. Dates and times of program: Friday, Sept. 14,11:40 am Auditorium and Sunday, Sept 16, 10:20 am Middle School Band Hall.

Glenn Olsen teaches bird identification and nature classes at Rice University’s Continuing Studies Department and at Houston Audubon. Program Title: Lasagna Gardening for Birds. Dates and times of program: Thursday Sept 13, 3:40 pm Rockport Center for the Arts; Friday Sept 14, 2:20 pm Middle School Band Hall.

Brent Ortego recently retired from Texas Parks and Wildlife. He primarily worked with conservation of endangered and nongame species. Program Title: The Hummingbirds of Texas. Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 3:40 pm; Sunday Sept 16, 11:40 am Both in Middle School Band Hall

Sid Rucker, Sid and Shirley Rucker’s photographs have been published in books, magazines and calendars. They spent 5 of those years as the photographers for Texas Parks and Wildlife book, Hummingbirds of Texas.
Program Title: Living, Loving, and Laughing with Hummingbirds. Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 11:40 am, Saturday Sept 15, 1 pm Both in Middle School Band Hall.

Dr. Liz Smith Ph.D. Most of Liz’s career has been focused on coastal Texas. She has been nationally recognized in receiving the Coastal America Partnership Award for Restoration at Bahia Grande and Protection at Shamrock Island, EPA Award for Environmental Excellence in Wetlands, as well as regionally recognized in receiving the Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award for Higher Education and Pathways to Success in Science Programs. Program Title: Wintering Whooping Cranes - Post Hurricane Harvey Recovery
Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 1 pm Auditorium; Saturday Sept 15, 11:40 am Middle School Band Hall. 

Katie Swanson is a Stewardship Coordinator at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Program. Title:  Harvey Impacts to Birding Habitats. Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 10:20 am Auditorium; Saturday Sept 15,10:20 am Middle School Band Hall.

Ernie Schertz, a North Texas native, moved to South Texas almost 30 years ago. a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, and a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She received the Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Citizen Volunteer Award from the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation for Native Plant Habitat programs presented throughout the South Texas area. Program Title: Native Habitat for Hummingbirds
Dates and times of program: Friday Sept 14, 10:20 am Middle School Band Hall.

To purchase tickets, volunteer or find out more information on activities and events of the 30th Annual HummerBird Celebration, please visit www.rockporthummingbird.com or contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445.

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