Learn about hummingbirds and see them up close during a special hummingbird banding day at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center, Aug. 11.

Michigan hummingbird bander Allen Chartier will demonstrate his craft, explain the science behind it, discuss his research, and offer tips for hummer feeding and gardening.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. CDT. Allen will set traps at nature center feeders to catch and band Indiana Dunes’ hummers for visitors to see. At 1:30 p.m. at the nature center auditorium, Allen will give a presentation detailing his research with ruby-throated hummingbirds and provide tips for attracting them.

“For visitors that have never seen a hummingbird in the hand and up close, it’s a magical experience,” said park interpreter Brad Bumgardner.

All activities are free after the standard gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 per out-of-state vehicle.

The event is made possible with support from the Friends of Indiana Dunes.

For more information, call (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

Logo courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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