|Hummingbirds draw bird lovers, tourism dollars for festival|
|Written by Trista Steers MacVittie|
|Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00|
Hummingbirds possess the power to freeze a person in a moment of time.
As the tiny creatures hover in the air, they seem to have found a way to beat time. Their wings move so quickly they look like they are completely still.
In the fast-paced world people find themselves living in, where moments of complete stillness rarely, if ever, exist, it’s no wonder these amazing birds captivate so many people.
They seem to have mastered the concept of keeping up with the crazy world around them while composing themselves in an elegant and mesmerizing manner, something people have yet to accomplish.
My father finds hummingbirds fascinating, and last Christmas I sent him everything I found to help him accommodate his tiny friends in his yard. I filled a box with feeders and nesting materials among other items.
Now, his hummingbirds are happy, and so is he when he watches them.
In Sedona, we’re blessed with a large number of varying species of hummingbirds, and as we learned from the Sedona Red Rock News columns written by H. Ross Hawkins, Ph. D., August is a particularly good month to see them.
Not only is Sedona home to many of the tiny hummers, but it also boasts the The Hummingbird Society, a nonprofit conservation organization, founded by Hawkins and his wife, Beth Kingsley Hawkins.
To top it all off, the Hawkinses will host Sedona’s first ever international festival dedicated to these birds, The Sedona Hummingbird Festival.
The festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 3, and spans three days filled with lectures, tours and all things hummingbird.
Since reporter Lu Stitt’s article went live at redrocknews.com, we’ve received comments from people traveling to Sedona just for the event, including a woman coming all the way from New Hampshire.
The popularity of the festival is evident when visiting its website.
The opening gala banquet is sold out. The garden tour is sold out. And there were only seven tickets remaining as of Thursday morning, Aug. 2, for the sunrise breakfast.
Not only will the festival delight hummingbird lovers, but it will also excite Sedona’s sleepy August economy.
Festival attendees, local business owners and the city of Sedona owe the Hawkinses a thank you for turning their passion into an enjoyable event while also helping their community.