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Festival Internacional del Colibrí 2014

By Sandra Ríos

From October 9 to 11, the second Festival Internacional del Colibrí (International Festival of the Hummingbird) will take place.

An initiative of Jim McKeever and Alfredo Garcia Lucio, creators of Camino Silvestre, who have been involved with hummingbirds for 20 years, designing, manufacturing, and selling feeders of recycled blown glass for these small birds. Together with El Charco del Ingenio and the Audubon Society of Mexico, this festival is the first one on an international level in Latin America that covers hummingbirds. Guests will attend from the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. In an interview with Atención, McKeever said that the purpose of this festival is to educate and inform people about this bird, as well as to involve scientists and the community in the same space on the same topic.

Endemic to the Americas, 57 hummingbird species live in Mexico; of these,14 species migrate to the United States and Canada. The hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, yet in the animal kingdom, it is the one with the biggest heart in proportion to its size. It beats its wings up to 200 times per second and is the only bird that can fly backwards and can remain suspended in the air. There are plants in the Americas which are only pollinated by hummingbirds.

Activities Program:

Friday 10:

Photo exhibition of hummingbirds by Tomás Fernández. Open to public. Casa Europa. 10am-6pm.

Book signing and presentation of “Colibríes de Mèxico” by biologists Humberto Berlanga and María del Coro Arizmendi.  Casa Europa. 11am-12pm.

Keynote presentation by biologist Oscar González from Peru who will talk about the network of pollinating hummingbirds in the forests of the high Andes. Bellas Artes. 6pm-7pm.

Movie Joyas Voladoras (Flying Jewels) by Carlo Ferraro.

Jardín Principal. Saturday and Sunday. 7:30pm. Free Event.

Saturday 11:

Movement and Expression Workshop, taught by Magda Garcia Lucio, body psychotherapist. She also will speak of the movement of energy generated by the hummingbird. Casa Europa. 9am-10am.

Thalía Walker will speak about the magic of the hummingbird, its energy, and how it works in feng shui to harmonize your home and increase energy. Charco del Ingenio. 10:30am-11:30am.

Family activities, including how to identify different species of hummingbirds, paintings and drawings, origami, puppet-making, and a puppet show by the Huitzilin company. Charco del Ingenio. 10am-2pm.

Creation of hummingbird masks. Charco del Ingenio. 2:30pm-4:30 pm. (maximum capacity 20 people)

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Susan Wethington, founder of the “Hummingbird Monitoring Network.” Bellas Artes. 6pm-7pm.

Closing cocktail, fundraising event. Includes food and drinks. Cost: 500 pesos. Posada Corazón. 8pm-11pm.

The cost of 100 pesos per day includes all activities. 50 percent discount for students presenting their valid ID.

Purchase tickets for the Festival and Closing Cocktail:

Camino Silvestre, Zacateros 46, Centro, and Correo 43, Centro. Tel.152  3908.


They will also be available at the locations and days of each event.

Venue Addresses:

Casa de Europa, San Francisco 23, Centro. Tel. 121 90 90

Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75, Centro. Tel. 152 0289

Posada Corazón, Aldama 9, Centro. Tel. 152 0182

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Huichilopoztli fue el Dios Colibrí, y quien guío a los aztecas para encontrar Tenochtitlán.

Los aztecas pensaban que los guerreros que morían en batalla pasaban 4 días con el sol y regresaban a este mundo como colibríes para proteger a sus seres queridos.


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