Hummingbird Days

hummingbirdHummingbird Days – Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016 
Time: 10am-4pm
Admission: $10 Public, $5 Members, Free: UCSC students & children under 17.
NOTE: Hummingbird Days is a "rain or shine" event. So, if needed, bring your umbrellas to enjoy the outdoor events.

Visit the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum on March 5 and 6, 2016, for the central coast’s premier family-oriented educational event celebrating one of nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the Hummingbird.

During the event, nature lovers of all ages will experience and learn about these amazing birds and the particular flowers at the Arboretum that host and support them. Visitors will have plenty of opportunity to see and hear hummingbird courtship and shenanigans as well as participate in a variety of activities focused on these amazing creatures (and more!).

Activities and Music: NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION- in Horticulture II

Hosted by The Riekes Nature Center
*  Art projects
*  Children’s bird walks
*  Face painting
Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult

1:30 The Singing Scientist and The Earth Rangers – Sunday only
Peter Weiss, Research Associate, Department of Environmental Toxicology
Peter Weiss and the Earth Rangers combine well-crafted songs with informative messages about getting up and making a change toward compassion and action.

Sustainable activities and education
UCSC Office of Sustainability and PICA
Learn how to compost hands on! Plus other engaging activities that will test your sustainability knowledge and teach you little ways to make a big difference. 

Lectures and Workshops: NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION - in Main Office, Horticulture I

8:00-10:00 AM,  Breakfast with the Birds - Members Only - Saturday only
Todd Newberry, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolution Biology
Gourmet breakfast menu with Arboretum inspired Seasonal Cuisine. Followed by tours & book signing with author of The Ardent Birder, Todd Newberry. (Books will be available for purchase.)
Free to Arboretum Members with $5 Hummingbird Days admission.
Space is limited. Click here to RSVP by Friday, March 4.
Note: Located on Norrie's Patio. Will take place rain or shine on the Patio and it will be covered.

8:00-10:00 Hummingbird Photography Workshop - $* Saturday and Sunday
Dan Suzio, Professional wildlife photographer
Learn techniques to photograph hummingbirds, with an emphasis on balancing natural light with electronic flash, then practice in the gardens, where Dan will continue to give advice and answer questions about your photography.
*Additional fee: $20 for public, $15 for members
Space is limited. Call 831-502-2998 to RSVP.

11:00 Gardening to attract hummingbirds
Martin Quigley, Director of Grounds and Gardens - Saturday
Tom Sauceda, Curator of the New Zealand GardenSunday

1:00 Saturday/12:30 Sunday
Jewels in the garden: a Darwinian natural history of hummingbirds
Bruce Lyon, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
A discussion of hummingbird natural history, and why hummingbirds make excellent birds for conducting experimental studies of behavior and cognition.

2:30-3:00 Anna’s Story: Bringing new life into this world Saturday and Sunday
Michael Tavalin, Nature photographer, filmmaker and writer
An Anna’s hummingbird at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz raises two chicks and prepares them for life on their own.

Garden and Bird Tours: the Patio

10:00-3:00 Continuous guided garden tours starting from the upper patio
Recorridos en español a 2:00 y 3:00

10:00-12:00 Leaving every 30 minutes: Bird research at the Arboretum- Saturday only
Theadora Block, PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz
A day in the life of a bird researcher - we will walk around the Arboretum finding banded birds. Discover why many of the sparrows are banded, how to read the bands and what sort of behaviors we look for. Binoculars will be helpful.

* Eat at Zameen’s food truck
Shop for featured plants and souvenirs at Norrie’s Gift and Garden Shop
* Learn more about our generous sponsors

Help Sponsor this Event!
Make a difference in the community by becoming a sponsor! Hummingbird Days sponsorship revenue will be used to offset the cost of admission, enabling children to attend the event free of charge. Sponsors help encourage the next generation to become environmental stewards. Read more on sponsorship levels. 

Thank you to our generous Hummingbird Day Sponsors

Rufous Hummingbird Platinum Sponsor - $1,000

protected investors of america logoJane M. McKenzie, Financial Advisor, 
Protected Investors of America
1010 Fair Avenue, Suite G, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
C 831-234-5730

Allterra Solar logo 207-B McPherson Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)-278-4580

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1602 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (831)-426-4100

Allen’s Hummingbird Gold Sponsor - $500

Anna’s Hummingbird Silver Sponsor - $250
Bay Federal Credit Union, Santa Cruz
Cindy & Ron Sekkel

In-Kind Sponsors
Peet's logo Peet's of Scotts Valley,  
214 Mt. Hermon Road