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Hummingbird Festival in Cook County Forest Preserve

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT


Will County Audubon Society (a chapter of Illinois Audubon Society) and the Forest Preserves of Cook County are co-sponsoring a hummingbird festival on August 20, 2022, at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont, Illinois, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The highlight of the festival will be the capture and banding of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, our smallest North American bird. This hummingbird banding will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. only. Vern Kleen (tentative in 2022), one of only three licensed hummingbird banders in the state of Illinois, will conduct the capture and banding operations. Vern will provide details about the life history of hummingbirds and why they are banded. This festival is one of many that Vern conducts throughout the state.

As you enter Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, you will experience the hummingbird migration route. Due to Covid concerns, some activities have been modified to reduce contact amongst participants. Visit our website for more details.

Directions: 150 yards east of Archer Ave., or four miles west of LaGrange Rd. on Rt. 83 near Lemont, Illinois.


Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street
Lemont, IL 60439 United States
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Will County Audubon Society
leewitkowski@comcast.net (Lee Witkowski)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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