Beautiful Hummingbirds at Woodlands Nature Station (Land Between the Lakes)
If you love birds even half as much as I do, bird-watching isn’t just something you enjoy, it’s something you live for. It isn’t a coincidence that some of my favorite places on earth (Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky State Parks, Woodlands Nature Station, our own yard..) also happen to be the best places to see tons of birds.
The set up at Woodlands Nature Station, in fact, is Heaven on Earth for bird lovers. There are countless hummingbird feeders as well as feeders for every other bird imaginable. It’s a beautiful place to just sit and enjoy the beauty and gracefulness of these feathered marvels.
Woodlands Nature Station will host their popular annual Hummingbird Festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 10 am – 4 pm. Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration peaks for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in August, and there really is no better place to enjoy these beautiful little birds than the Nature Station.
Admission to this special event is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
“A large number of hummingbirds stop here on their journey south to Mexico and Central America,” explains Nature Station Lead Naturalist, John Pollpeter. “Up to 200 hummingbirds might visit our feeders in a single day. The festival provides a fun atmosphere for people to see and learn about these powerful birds.”
Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a wildlife art show, staff-led programs, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts, and activities for kids. Food prepared by the cooks at Brandon Spring Group Center will be available for purchase.
Weekend events at Nature Station include:
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 – 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Hummingbirds 101
Saturday, August 1 – 12pm Benefits of Backyard Bats and 2pm Attracting Butterflies
Sunday, August 2 – 12pm Attracting Songbirds to the Backyard and 2pm A Place for Pollinators
Other special activities focusing on hummingbirds will be presented all month at the Nature Station. Check the LBL’s calendar for more information.