"We would like to send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society [KTOS] for hosting yet another wonderful hummingbird festival at the Ijams Nature Center this past Saturday. Only 3 years old, the festival is attracting throngs of area wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The speakers and programs were highly informative and the thrill of watching a young child as he gets to release a recently banded hummingbird is simply magical. We certainly plan to attend next year's festival."
- Steve and Cyndi Routledge, Clarksville, Tenn.
KTOS and Ijams thanks the News Sentinel and the Routledges for their kind letter. Yes, connecting young people to the wonder of the natural world is indescribably rewarding.
Video: Master Bander Mark Armstrong hands young birder Rachael Barker a recently banded hummer. Watch for its blast off.