The Sedona Hummingbird Festival
The most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds!(sm)
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL:
August 2-3-4, 2013
Sedona Red Rock High School
995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336
Presentations: We again have 3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from arount the world.
Garden Tours: We are adding a second day, permitting 400+ attendees instead of 200 in 2012.
Sunrise Breakfasts: We are looking for additional hummingbird hotspots suitable for breakfasts.
Banding: We believe we have located a new, great hotspot to use for banding, and it's only about two miles from the Festival!
Exhibitors: We are moving the Hummingbird Marketplace [exhibitors and vendors area] into the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, which is the auditorium of the Sedona Red Rock High School; we have eliminated the use of the cafeteria. Being directly at the presentation and ticketing location will eliminate a lot of walking!
ADVANCE TICKETS for all parts of the 2013 Festival will go on sale TODAY, April 1, at Noon, Arizona Time (MST, same as PDT).
Gala tickets and Sunrise Breakfast tickets will be available online only! Garden Tour tickets will be available online, and if any are left by August 2, will be available at the door.
(You can read about the 2012 Festival in this excerpt from The Hummingbird Connection, the official member newsletter of the Hummingbird Society.)
Sedona's hummingbird festival is in August, when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 species instead of the usual 2, and with typically five times the number of hummers as in early summer. Thanks to Sedona's high altitude of 4,500 feet, we escape the intense summer heat experienced in more southern parts of Arizona (more at the Sedona tab). August is also a "low season" for tourism in Sedona, so you'll be able to take advantage of lower lodging rates. We're working on securing deals from participating hotels and motels.
Arizona is already well known as the top state for seeing many hummingbird species, a fact that Texas disputes, of course. People travel great distances just to see Arizona's hummers. But Sedona also has Red Rock Country, and that makes it even more desirable to come here to see hummingbirds. Is there a prettier place in America to see hummers? We don't think so! That's the reason behind the tagline for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival: The Most Beautiful Place in America to See Hummingbirds.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2012 was a spectacular community event! Residents and businesses were encouraged to include hummer-friendly flowers in their yard. Those lacking time or inclination for gardening put out feeders, especially beginning in June. By keeping the feeders filled and fresh, residents will this year see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives—in subsequent years, leading to ever-higher populations. In our dreams, the Hummingbird Society imagines feeders even hanging from the street signs, but that may not happen for a few years!
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2012 was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Sedona, Arizona.