Stoecklin’s Orchard will be the site for a Hummingbird Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 29th from 2-5 pm. Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to “wow” Festival visitors. Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander and President of the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will begin the festival with a short discussion about hummingbirds and explain why they are banded. After the discussion hummingbirds will be captured and banded.
The festival is a family event and there is no admission charge. Visitors will be permitted to “adopt” birds; although there is no longer a fee for the adoptions, donations to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders would be appreciated. Those who adopt a bird will receive an attractive signed certificate, may be able to release the bird they adopted, and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured.
If hummingbirds appeal to you, then plan on visiting Stoecklin’s Orchard Hummingbird Festival. It should be a very rewarding experience. The festival may be reached taking Rt. 127 until reaching Sorento Road (about 3 miles south of Donnellson), travel east two full miles to Ayers Road, then north about ½-mile to the first farm on the left.
The Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders is a not-for-profit organization to perform sound scientific studies and educational services to monitor, protect and enhance the populations of Illinois’ native birds and their unique environments.