What's the HummerBird Celebration?
The HummerBird Celebration is an annual event held each September in the charming and friendly coastal towns of Rockport and Fulton. The purpose is to celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird through the area, first documented by Connie Hagar in 1938, and to expand one's knowledge of all birds, and associated wildlife.The Celebration is fun, educational and inspiring. There is something for everyone and it's designed for those who just enjoy birds to the more experienced birder. If you enjoy nature, or some aspect of it, then this event is for you.
From the Chamber… Welcome!
Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, on the bay of Aransas, the towns of Rockport and Fulton offer a special charm. Since their earliest days, Rockport and Fulton have attracted visitors with their climate, their friendly people and always, their wonderful birds.
The Tourism Development Council of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to help and assist the annual HummerBird Celebration Committee in making this event spectacular for all those who attend.
We give a warm welcome to all those interested in coming to the Texas Coast on Sept. 13-16, 2012. The celebration days are fast approaching and we feel the 2012 schedule of events is most fulfilling.
Each year the staff of the Chamber look forward to entertaining those who attend the HummerBird Celebration. It is a pleasure to try to accommodate each and everyone. It is truly remarkable to work behind the scenes as part of the team that coordinates an event which pleases so many people in a comfortable sort of way.
To our regular attendees and to anyone wishing to attend for the first time, you are warmly welcomed. Hope to see you here and happy birding until then. Call the Chamber office if we can assist you.
What’s up this year?
We hope you enjoy yourself as we celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird…and the fun of birding. Go on field trips, boat trips, see the hummers stocking up at feeders as they prepare for their amazing trip to their winter home, and discover what’s new for the birding enthusiast at our "nature only" vendor booths.
We are excited about our speaker lineup! Programs and workshops are indicated in the schedule and will take place in two locations – Auditorium and Middle School. Information and tickets for workshops and trips will be available at the event headquarters in the auditorium.
Don’t be shy about asking our volunteers for help—they’re ready…and above all, have fun!
Celebration of all birds during fall migration
It is important to remind people how the name of this event came about.
When Betty Baker and Jesse Grantham began developing this event, their intent was to bring attention to this great phenomena of the fall migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds. They wanted everyone to not just focus on hummingbirds but all birds during the tremendously beautiful fall migration. Hence came the name HummerBird Celebration. A Celebration, not a festival with tents and carnivals, but a learning experience.
Hummer Home Tour MapsLocal homes and businesses plant and maintain their yards year round to attract hummingbirds. During the event, you are invited to visit their yards to see the plants that lure the birds and to see them feeding in preparation for their incredible journey south. It is possible to see over 100 hummingbirds in one yard. A self-guided tour map is available at any information booth. Please enjoy the hummingbirds and the generosity of the Hummer Home Hosts. You’ll find a sign red in color and made in the shape of a hummingbird placed in front of the Hummer Home. Walk quietly to the residence. Enjoy!
Speakers giving programs in our local schools
For years we have tried to get the youth involved in this event. With the time of year, sports going full force and activities galore, it is difficult for them to be involved. This year we have a committee member that is coordinating "speakers into classrooms".
Whooping Crane Tours
Visit Aransas Wildlife Refuge
Remember to visit the Rockport-Fulton area each winter from November through March as the Whooping Cranes return to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge from their summer homes in Canada. The cranes are only a short drive (about 40 minutes) from the Rockport-Fulton area. Cranes may be viewed from the Refuge, but for dramatic views of the cranes in their natural surroundings, boat trips are best. There are several birding boats operating from the area, most will take a 3 to 4 hour trip and it is possible to see a great many wintering and resident birds along with the cranes.
For more information about the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and all that it offers, call (361) 286-3559. For more information about birding trips by boat, call the Chamber Visitor Center at 1-800-242-0071 or (361) 729-6445.
A Note to Teachers!
TEA gives contact hours for attending this event
The HummerBird Celebration is endorsed by the Texas Education Agency. Contact hours in environment education are available through which teachers may obtain a Recognition of Environmental Education Achievement from the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee.
To obtain credit for the hours of programs/workshops attended, go to the Auditorium Information Table and ask for the TEA program list. After each program you attend, have each presenter/speaker initial the title of his or her program. Then, return the list to the Auditorium Information Table. Verification stickers will be given for each three hours of programs attended.
Watch Birding Adventures TV about the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds in Texas!