Fort Davis set to hold 'Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival'

Fort Davis set to hold 'Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival'
Eastman Photography; Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:11am

The Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce will once again host the annual Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival in the tiny town of Fort Davis, affectionately known to birding enthusiasts as the “Hummingbird Capital of Texas”.

The event was resurrected by the Chamber last year to wonderful accolades from attendees. The Festival runs Thursday August 21st through Saturday August 23rd. Activities during the event will allow visitors to view these wonderful creatures in their natural setting at locations throughout the Davis Mountains. Viewing sites include the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, McDonald Observatory, the Davis Mountains State Park and a host of other locations.

Registration for the Festival is going on now and will also be held on Thursday, August 21st at the Chamber of Commerce office from 2:00pm-6:00pm. An opening reception will follow registration and will be held at the historic Hotel Limpia Ballroom. Lectures from experts in the field will be presented throughout the event. Speakers include: Kelly Bryan of West Texas Avian Research, Inc., Mark Lockwood from Texas Parks & Wildlife and Chris Pipes of the Texas Ornithological Society.

New this year will be a keynote dinner with a presentation by Fred Bassett, founder of Hummingbird Research, Inc. The registration fee for the Festival is $75.00 per person and the keynote dinner featuring a full Texas Pit BBQ dinner and all the trimmings is $35 per person. For further information, visit our website at

Texas is home to 18 different species of hummingbirds and over half of those can be found in the Davis Mountains. No other place in the state has as wide a variety of species as Fort Davis. Hummingbird expert Kelly Bryan of West Texas Avian Research, Inc. will be conducting banding demonstrations during the festival and has already seen a wide variety of species including the Lucifer, Black-Chin, Broad-Tailed, Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds. During previous festivals, it was not uncommon to also have sightings of the Magnificent, Ruby-Throated and Allens species as well.

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