July 9 2022, 9:00am
From 9 a.m. until Noon the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, in cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will be catching and banding hummingbirds. Experts will discuss hummingbirds, the banding process, and how to encourage these gorgeous birds to visit your yard. There are over 325 species of hummingbird in the world and five that can be found in Illinois including the ruby-throated, black-chinned, Rufous, Allen's, and broad-billed. The tiny wonders can consume half of their weight in sugar a day and to power hearts that beat at over 1,200 beats per minute! Though extremely tiny, hummingbirds have excellent memories and can remember most if not all blooms they visit. Their eggs are the size of jellybeans and their nests about the size of a ping-pong ball. Come see these natural wonders in their native habitat on a beautiful summer day in Illinois!