Third Annual Hummingbird and Birds of Guanajuato Festival
By April Gaydos
The International Hummingbird and Birds of Guanajuato Festival, organized by Camino Silvestre, El Charco, and Audubon de Mexico, will be held in San Miguel de Allende during the week of September 27 to October 4. We invite our community to come learn, explore, observe, and celebrate our fascinating hummingbirds and other feathered creatures with which we share this beautiful state of Guanajuato.
Sun, Sep 27-Sun, Oct 4
This year’s festival theme, “Nature in the City,” brings together adults, children, scientists, educators, conservationists, and policymakers to learn about our urban birds and ways to ensure that birds, wildlife, and the human spirit continue to thrive in our urban environments.
This year, we are honored with the presence of four international keynote speakers representing Mexico, the United States, and Chile, who will share fascinating and current information about the birds of Guanajuato, hummingbird migration, a new program for citizen involvement in Mexico, and the cultural importance of hummingbirds in South America.
Topics will be framed within three broad themes: birds of Guanajuato, hummingbird ecology and citizen science, and conservation of birds and their ecosystems. The speakers are senior and postgraduate students and professionals from various fields such as biology and sociology and are affiliated with recognized educational institutions as well as research and civil organizations in Mexico and the United States.
Several representatives of the Western Hummingbird Partnership, one of the most important organizations for the study and preservation of hummingbirds, will attend the festival and will host a special presentation on Friday to talk about their work and to create closer ties and greater collaboration across international boundaries.
We also have several fun-filled events planned: a fundraising concert on Saturday, September 26, with the presentation of the mezzo-soprano Morgana at St. Paul’s Chapel; a first-of-its-kind pre-dawn Cocktail Fundraiser on Saturday, October 3, at 3 am to celebrate and watch the Alborada, at Néctar, Correo 43; and a Fiesta de las Aves fundraising party that includes an auction of hummingbird masks created for this event by several well-known artists on Saturday, October 3, at 7:30pm, at Posada de Corazón.
On Sunday, September 27, at Plaza La Luciérnaga, we will host an incredible family day with fun activities and presentations for children and adults. We will also host film screenings there on Sunday through Wednesday nights in the outdoor amphitheater.
Guided bird walks in El Charco del Ingenio will take place on October 2-4, and International Migratory Bird Day activities will take place there on Saturday morning. At noon on Saturday, there will be a presentation and book signing of Plumas de Multitudes, which speaks of various community bird monitoring projects carried out in our country. The festival concludes on Sunday at El Charco with a series of holistic activities intended to deepen our connection to nature.
For full details, visit our festival website: www.festivaldelcolibri.org. Tickets are on sale at Camino Silvestre and El Charco del Ingenio. There is a 50-percent discount for students presenting a valid ID.