The Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society has partnered with Kristie and Steve Lindgren to host a Hummingbird Banding Demonstration at the Lindgren's home from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday.
According to a release from the Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, the event will feature master bird-bander Cathie Hutcheson, who will be capturing and banding ruby-throated hummingbirds.
Attendees will get to view these tiny, feathered jewels up close and personal as they watch Hutcheson attach minuscule bands to their ankles. As she examines, measures and weighs each bird she will explain what secrets are revealed by the results, along with many amazing hummingbird facts and anecdotes, according to the release.
Board member of the Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Terri Treacy says she is excited about the event and is hoping for a good turnout.
"They'll get to see hummingbirds up close," she said. "It's very fascinating."
An assortment of hummingbird merchandise, including hummingbird T-shirts, feeders, ant traps and bottlebrushes will be available for purchase.
Following the banding, attendees are welcome stay and observe all the hummingbirds as they get back to normal feeding behavior. People are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, as well. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a chair of some sort, as there will not be seating for everyone at the event.
Treacy said this is the third time the event has been held, but the first time the group chose to host it at someone's home.
The event takes the place of the society's annual Insect Awareness and Appreciation Day. Treacy said it is the society's goal to hold "bug day" again in 2013.
The Lindgren's home is located just off Eddyville Road on Nine Wishes Ranch Road in Golconda. Their home is the only house on the road. Those who attend the event are asked to park where indicated on the left side of the drive. People may call Treacy at (618) 521-1030 for additional information or for help finding the location.
Established in 1897, the Illinois Audubon Society is Illinois' oldest conservation organization promoting the perpetuation and appreciation of native plants and animals in Illinois and the habitats that support them.
For more information about the Illinois Audubon Society visit their web site at http://illinoisaudubon.org/. For information about the local Shawnee Chapter, visit http://shawneeaudubon.org/