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12th Annual Hummer/Bird Celebration for the Birds -- & Birdwatchers.

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ROCKPORT, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2000

Celebrate the ruby-throated hummingbirds and all fall migrants at the 12th Annual HUMMER/BIRD CELEBRATION! in Rockport-Fulton Sept. 14-17.

Many opportunities exist to see and learn more about these delightful airborne creatures during bird banding, bus/boat and nature tours, lectures, workshops, and of course, Hummer Home tours. Information/Registration packets are available by calling 800/242-0071, or sending an e-mail to chamber@dbstech.com.

This annual event began as a celebration of the huge numbers of ruby-throated hummingbirds that migrate through the Rockport area each fall. This spectacular natural phenomenon was first reported by Texas' most famous birdwatcher, Connie Hagar. Like many of her observations, this one was met with skepticism. The sheer numbers of hummingbirds she reported -- as many as 3,000 per square mile -- were hard to ignore and the ornithology experts began to investigate. Again, as with her other observations, Mrs. Hagar was found to be reporting fact. Although the numbers were hard to believe, they were real and birdwatchers began to come to Rockport to see for themselves. The hummingbirds and the birdwatchers still meet here each fall.

Last year, 5,000 people attended the event. Many were interested solely in seeing the tiny gem we celebrate. One way they do this is to visit the more than 20 area Hummer Homes. In fact, a large segment of the area population feeds and celebrates hummingbirds all year.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is overwhelmingly predominate, but we do see numbers of black-chinned, rufous, and buff-bellied hummingbirds, and have had reports of others. Attendees can find hummingbirds almost anywhere they look. Although much habitat has been lost to development all along the Texas Coast, the Rockport area is fortunate to still have good stands of live oak and other trees and plants necessary to the diet of the hummingbirds.

The event features 80 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. Also included is static display of the Last Chance Forever Rehabilitation Group, native plant sales, a hummingbird fact garden and more!

For more information, please call, 800/826-6441, or write Hummer/Bird Celebration!, 404 Broadway, Rockport, Texas 78382.
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