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Ijams Hummingbird Fest

August 17, 2024 @ 7:00 am 2:00 pm

Learn all about your favorite winged creatures, from Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and other backyard birds to butterflies, bees, and more at the Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings!

Bird Banding Station

Get a behind-the scenes look at how scientists capture birds, how they are banded, and why banding is important with certified master bander Mark Armstrong! This year, the bird-banding station will capture ALL birds, including hummingbirds! Remember: Like most birds, hummingbirds are most active early in the morning, so your best chance of seeing a Ruby-throated Hummingbird is at the beginning of the event. Bird-banding demonstrations are scheduled in 30-minute sessions. Attendance is limited in each group to ensure an excellent, safe, and intimate experience.

Ijams Animal Ambassadors

Get personal with some of the animals who call Ijams home. Learn more about and experience close encounters with birds of prey, including owls, a hawk, and a falcon.

Guided Nature Nerd Hikes

Join Ijams teacher naturalists on guided walks that focus on a variety of bird-related topics and nerd out on nature. Explore Ijams’ trails to witness the natural wonders that are available year-round.

Educational Booths and Activities

Have fun under the big tent with engaging activities allowing all ages to explore and celebrate the wonders of birds and all things with wings.

Community Science Opportunities

Learn how to do real research now; it’s easier than you think! 


Explore Ijams ponds to look for life with Ijams educators! You’ll find salamanders, frogs, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and other winged creatures during their aquatic stages of life.

Partner Booths

Enjoy visiting festival sponsors, environmental organizations, and others doing amazing things in the local community that help protect all things winged.

Educational Materials for Parents and Families

Get fun, educational materials to work on with your kids at home.


Ijams Nature Center


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Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States
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The Cornell Lab

All About Birds
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Available for everyone,
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American Kestrel by Blair Dudeck / Macaulay Library