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Hummingbird Festival returns to Donnellson orchard this Saturday

If hummingbirds appeal to you, then plan on visiting Stoecklin’s Orchard near Donnellson on Saturday.

The orchard host its annual Hummingbird Festival on Saturday, June 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be a unique experience to see hummingbirds up close and to learn more about their traits.

The festival is a come-and-go, family event with free admission. Many hummingbirds should be present to “wow” festival visitors.

Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander associated with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will begin the festival with a short discussion about hummingbirds and explain why they are banded. After the discussion, he will capture and band the birds.

The Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders is a not-for-profit organization that performs sound scientific studies and educational services to monitor, protect and enhance the populations of Illinois’ native birds and their unique environments.

Visitors may also “adopt” a bird by making a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. Donors will receive an attractive signed certificate, be given the privilege of releasing their adopted bird, and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured.

The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation will operate a food stand at the festival. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Directions to Stoecklin’s Orchard

The festival may be reached by taking Illinois Route 127 to Sorento Road, about 3 miles south of Donnellson. Travel east two full miles to Ayers Road, then north about ½ mile to the first farm on the left. For more information, call Kay at (217) 537-3801.