The event will include a Friday evening speaker and the opportunity to observe hummingbirds up close as they are banded at two private homes in the St. Francisville area on Saturday. Hummingbird-friendly plants will also be available for sale.
The Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration will begin with a reception on Friday evening, July 29, at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 Hwy. 10, St. Francisville.
Beginning at 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy wine and cheese while strolling the gardens of Rosedown. At 6:45 p.m., we will have a speaker. The festival will continue on Saturday, July 28.
From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., hummingbird biologists Linda Beall and Nancy Newfield will capture and band birds at two private gardens in the St. Francisville area.
Visitors will have the opportunity to observe hummingbirds up close as they are weighed and measured.
In addition, vendors will be at both homes with hummingbird-attractive plants available for sale. The gardens include the home of Carlisle Rogillio at 15736 Tunica Trace (Hwy. 66) and Murrell Butler at 9485 Oak Hill Road.
For more information visit www.audubonbirdfest.com or call 1-800-488-6502.
Visitors will have a rare opportunity to stop by St. Mary's Episcopal Church and Cemetery during the Hummingbird Festival. Built in 1857, the church is in the gothic style and served a small plantation community for almost 100 years St. Mary's is located at 12790 Tunica Trace in Weyanoke, La., about 10.5 miles from Highway 61.
The church sits about a quarter mile back from Hwy. 66 (Tunica Trace) on a private road (Cap Eddie Road.)
Hours this weekend are Friday 3 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.