Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration Returns This September

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Betty Baker, Jesse Grantham, and others developed this event to bring attention to the fall migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds. Focused not just on hummingbirds but all birds during the fall migration, the event was named HummerBird Celebration to show it’s a learning extravaganza.

A Welcome Wine and Cheese Reception is free to attend, starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Rockport Center for the Arts. A Texas BBQ dinner with guest speakers is also Thursday at the Saltwater Pavilion. The dinner is a ticketed event, but numerous free events are available. Visitors can take field trips or boat trips to watch hummers stocking up at feeders in preparation for their amazing trip to winter homes. Discover what’s new for the birding enthusiast at our “nature only” vendor booths.

Programs and workshops take place in Rockport-Fulton High School Auditorium and Middle School. Cost for programs is $5 per session, or $30 for pass to all programs. Information and tickets for workshops and trips will be available at the auditorium.

Hummer Home Self-Guided Tours

Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration Returns This September

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Local homes and businesses plant and maintain year-round yards to attract hummingbirds. Stop by these yards to views the plants that draw in these birds and watch them feeding as they prepare for their migration south. You can sometimes see as many as 100 hummingbirds in a single yard!

Pick up a self-guided tour map at any information booth or at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce during the celebration. Festive 4- or 5-foot signs in the shape of a hummingbird are placed on posts in front of each Hummer Home. Find maps for birding, history, kayak, and trail sites at Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce or online at Self-guided tours of Aransas Pathway sites are free. For information about birding trips by boat, call 1-800-242-0071 or (361) 729-6445.

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