Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2013

Who is presenting on what topics?

For Timetable and Schedule of Presentations and other Events can be found under the tab Schedule 2017 above.

2017 Sedona Hummingbird Festival Presentations

The high point of our Festival is a series of presentations by noted experts in many aspects of hummingbirds, delivered mornings and afternoons of July 28, 29, and 30. No other hummingbird festival offers this dedication to hummingbird education!

A special lecture on Saturday focuses on hummingbird conservation.

All presentations will take place in the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) located at the Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona AZ, a modern, air-conditioned facility which seats 750 people and has the latest in audio/visual technology.

Hummingbirds: They all matter!
but some are more endangered than others
Dr. H. Ross Hawkins

H. Ross HawkinsSYNOPSIS:  There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in the world. Of these, 38 are facing potential extinction. Why is this? Where are they found? What can we do about it?

BIO:  In 1995 when Dr. H. Ross Hawkins discovered that nearly 10% of the 330+ species of hummingbirds were endangered, he was shocked that he could find no conservation efforts directed at their protection. He was also surprised to find that there was virtually no awareness that any hummingbirds were at risk of extinction. These facts moved him to create The Hummingbird Society the following year (It just celebrated its 20th birthday!), with dual missions of education and conservation. The Society, now headquartered in Sedona, has members in all states and 20 countries.

Other Presentations

Hummingbirds and Other Birds
   of the Sedona/Verde Valley area

Dena Greenwood

SYNOPSIS:  With widely varied habitat, the Sedona/Verde River Valley is rich in species. Dena is one of the top area birders and leads tours every week in our area.

BIO:  Ms. Dena Greenwood began her birding adventures 25 years ago as an Arizona State Park's ranger, leading bird walks and developing bird guides for several State Parks. She received her graduate degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in ornithology, botany and geology. She conducted bird research for Colorado Plateau Research Station, National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service on the Verde, Colorado, and San Juan River corridors. Dena has been guiding birding field trips throughout the Southwest for over 20 years with the Road Scholar program and the Audubon Society. She is a board member and field trip Chair for Northern Arizona Audubon Society and a founding committee member of the Verde Valley Bird and Nature Festival organizing field trips for the Festival. She currently manages Jay's Bird Barn in Sedona and leads Wednesday bird walks.
      We are sorry to report Dr. Rich Armstrong has had to withdraw as the scheduled presenter for this topic due to illness.

Twenty Hummingbirds to See Before You Die!
James Currie

SYNOPSIS: To capture the beauty and behavior of the most exotic hummingbirds requires video skills and tracking skills. James Currie has both, in spades! This presentation, first given at our 2014 Festival, was voted the most popular presentation that year. It will make you want to make your reservations and pack your bags to see them live.

BIO: A life-long wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, James Currie is fast becoming the most recognizable face in birding and wildlife in North America. James hosts the popular birding TV show, Nikon's Birding Adventures, on Destination America, now in its 9th season. He also hosts the popular action-birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic, aired in the United States and worldwide in 2012. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for 18 years, and his passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. James filmed for, consulted for and provided footage for the 2011 Hollywood birding movie, "The Big Year," starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

New Techniques for Studying Hummingbird Flight
Dr. Roslyn Dakin
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

SYNOPSIS: Birds compete with rivals, capture prey, and court mates on the wing, all while navigating a complex enviroment filled with obstacles. Dr. Dakins will present her research on hummingbirds using a computer vision-based tracking sytem to test how hummingbirds use visual clues during flight.

BIO: Dr. Roslyn Dakin is a biologist who studies animal behavior. She did her PhD at Queen's University in Canada studying the iridescent courtship display of peacocks. Currently, she studies Anna's hummingbird flight with Dr. Douglas Altshuler in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and daughter.

Pushing biological limits:
     Why dragonflies do not need to envy hummingbirds

Dr. Pierre Deviche
Arizona State University

SYNOPSIS:  Hummingbirds are known for their exceptional flight abilities, but other organisms are capable of equally complex aerobatic performance, including dragonflies. This ancient group of insects has changed little in the past 300 million years. Among other characteristics, they have a particularly complex visual system that, combined with the properties of flight muscles and of wings themselves, result in their being exceptionally fast and efficient aerial predators. Some dragonfly species are also capable of long distance flights rivaling those of migratory birds. The talk will address these and other aspects of the biology of dragonflies, particularly comparing them to hummingbirds with respect to flight performance.

BIO:  Prof. Pierre Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates. He is also an expert birder who in 2005 was introduced to dragonflies by a fellow birder. Since then he has become a true odonatophile [lover of dragonflies and damselflies].

He received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 1980. After working as a postdoctoral fellow in Germany and then at Oregon State University, he accepted a faculty position in Zoophysiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he did research and teaching from 1988 to 1999. He then moved to Arizona State University in Tempe, where he currently is Professor of Environmental Physiology in the School of Life Sciences.
Dr. Deviche's laboratory studies the mechanisms that control the seasonal timing of avian reproduction, in particularly in reproductively flexible species. As part of this research, he has investigated crossbills in Alaska and monsoon breeding-dependent songbirds, such as Rufous-winged Sparrows, in Arizona. These studies have the potential to help us understand the effects of global climate changes on avian reproductive cycles in general. He uses birds also to study impacts of urbanization, in particular the role of food availability on stress, reproduction, and immunity. He has researched avian blood infections, including their hormonal and environmental control, and their relationships with plumage coloration.

His research has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters. He regularly attends scientific conferences, resulting in over 150 conference abstracts since 1990. He serves on the editorial board of three scientific journals and is an elected member of the Council of the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology. In the past ten years, he has developed a keen interest in odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) including their behavior, photography, seasonality, and geographic distribution. He regularly gives talks on birds and odonates to local communities including K-12 students, senior citizen groups, and local chapters of the Audubon Society.

Birds Have It All!

Victor Emanuel
Victor Emanu
el Nature Tours

SYNOPSIS: In this timeless presentation, Victor shows how, indeed, birds do have it all: song, color, audacious behavior, and more. And with his experience, few could tell the story as effectively!

BIO: Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 68 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have taken him to all the continents, with his areas of concentration being Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. He is the founder and compiler for 50 years of the record-breaking Freeport Christmas Bird Count, and served a term as president of the Texas Ornithological Society. Birds and natural history have been a major focus throughout his life. He derives great pleasure from seeing and hearing birds. Victor is one of the most well-recognized names in the birding world.

High-speed Hummingbird Photography in Costa Rica

Chuck Fritsch and Cindy Walpole

Chuck Fritsch and Cindy Walpole, presenters at Sedona Hummingbird Festival

SYNOPSIS:  Photographing hummingbirds of Costa Rica is a long-term, joint project for Chuck and Cindy. Their work is unique and outstanding! The goal for the project is to enhance awareness of hummingbirds both internationally and within Costa Rica by means of their high-speed artwork. Combining Chuck's technical background with Cindy's having grown up in Costa Rica is a perfect match.

BIO:  Chuck's first career was as Technical Director and owner of a company specializing in the design and manufacture of large scale digital systems. He is now totally engaged in photography and excels in its technical aspects, a natural extension of the skills gained in his earlier work in computer science. Cindy also has a degree in Mathematics. After a career on Wall Street she returned to pursuing a love of nature that began while growing up in Costa Rica. They both share a passion for creating photography based fine art of hummingbirds in flight.

The numerous logistic and technical challenges have made it particularly exciting for us, but the special reward is in the power of the resulting images. Hummingbirds everywhere face threats due to loss of habitat. Our goal for the project is to enhance awareness both internationally and within Costa Rica of these flying treasures by means of hummingbird based artwork that reveals their extraordinary beauty. We hope to stimulate the political will and gather the international support that will ensure a bright hummingbird future.

IERE:  The Land of the Hummingbirds [Trinidad and Tobago]

Beth Kingsley Hawkins, M.A.

Beth Kingsley Hawkins, presenter at Sedona Hummingbird Festival

SYNOPSIS:  Beth will share the fruits of eight trips to Trinidad and Tobago to photograph and experience the hummingbirds in their native habitat—neo-tropical birding at its best! These magical islands in the Caribbean were once (during the last Ice Age) part of the South American continent and thus have flora and fauna not found on other, volcanic islands of the Caribbean. Combining her images with stories that match, she will share her trail of discoveries amidst the wonders of nature in the West Indies through the lens of her camera and her own eyes. Imagine witnessing 6 species of hummingbirds from the veranda of the Asa Wright Nature Centre--before breakfast!

BIO:  Beth Kingsley Hawkins brings to her love of photography a background as a music therapist, having taught at Immaculata University and worked in private practice and hospice. She relishes photography as a spiritual exploration of nature and sees the hummingbirds as a direct expression of the Divine Imagination. The hummingbirds she saw on her first trip to Trinidad and Tobago inspired her to spend many years perfecting her techniques

Beth owns the Sedona Hummingbird Gallery in the Village of Oak Creek [Sedona], which showcases her photography and her first book, Anna's in the Snow, now in its fourth printing.

Hummingbirds 101:
The Basics of Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds

Dr. H. Ross Hawkins

Dr. H. Ross Hawkins, presenter at the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, and founder of the Hummingbird Society

SYNOPSIS:  In his 25+ years of attracting hummingbirds Hawkins has made many discoveries of the techniques that bring hummingbirds to your home, garden, apartment, even office. No single element is surprising, but combining all of them can virtually assure your success. Come share this colorful review of applied knowledge and see how it can help attract more hummingbirds on a daily basis!

BIO:  see above

Meet the Birds!

Steve Kaye

SYNOPSIS: Join us for an enjoyable photo tour that shows how birds change lives. Celebrate the beauty in Nature, see uncommon views of birds, and discover how we all make a difference. Professional photographer Steve Kaye will show his photos of birds (including Arizona hummingbirds). He'll also tell the stories behind the photos and offer practical tipss on how to take better pictures.

BIO: Steve Kaye has been taking photos since 1965. He has spoken at photo clubs, judged photo contests, and conducted classes on Nature Photography. Find photos and more info at (Steve was also an extremely popular speaker at our 2015 Festival.)

The Paton House: Arizona's Hummingbird Treasure

Jonathan Lutz

SYNOPSIS: The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a project of Tucson Audubon Society at the former homestead of Wally and Marion Paton in Patagonia, Arizona. Paton Center Coordinator, Jonathan Lutz, will present a before-and-after picture of Tucson Audubon's work at the world-famous property, and provide insight about projects on the horizon. As always, images of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird will feature prominently!

BIO: Jonathan Lutz is a life-long naturalist. His interest in birds grew as a resident of coastal South Carolina—Jonathan's home for 6 years after earning a BS in environmental policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2005 Jonathan accepted an offer to serve as Executive Director for the Michigan Audubon Society. He served in this capacity for 7.5 years before relocating to Billings, Montana, to serve as the Director of the Montana Audubon Center (and to do a tiny bit of trout fishing). Jonathan and his dog, Jonesy, became residents at the Paton Center in November 2016.

Remarkable Discoveries from the Front Lines
    of Hummingbird Rescue---CANCELLED

Terry Masear

SYNOPSIS:  Only a few people in California have rescued as many hummingbirds as Terry. In this session she combines her deep hummingbird rehab experience with excellent presentation skills. Like her book, her presentation will be riveting and memorable.

BIO:  Terry Masear has been rescuing hummingbirds in Los Angeles since 2005. Each year Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue receives over 2000 calls, rescues and rehabilitates 500 orphaned and injured hummingbirds..

Due to family illness, Terry will not be presenting this year.

Chasing the Monarch Migration Through Arizona

Gail Morris

Gail Morris, presenter at the Sedona Hummingbird Festival

SYNOPSIS: While the hummingbird migration is in full force in the fall, you may be lucky to find the regal monarch butterfly drawn to nectar in your yard as well. There was a time scientists thought there were no monarchs in Arizona. But over 500 Citizen Scientists have tagged over 15,000 monarchs in the state and are learning that Arizona may be a major monarch flyway in the west. Let's learn about monarch butterflies flying through the Southwest, their breeding cycle and divergent destination migration, declining population numbers and how you can help to draw these fascinating creatures to your yard.

BIO: Gail Morris is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a Citizen Science endeavor, studying the migration and breeding patterns of monarch butterflies in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, western Colorado and the deserts of California. She is an alumni of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame and the principal author of "Status of Danaus plexippus in Arizona" published in June, 2015. Gail is a frequent workshop presenter and blogger on monarch conservation in the Southwest, bridging citizen scientists in the field with the academic community and government agencies.

Come Home, Hummingbirds!

Christi Sorrell

Christi Sorrell, presenter at the Sedona Hummingbird FestivalSYNOPSIS: Christi will share her knowledge in how to enhance your property by adding habitat and foot features that can attract hummingbirds and add beauty and enjoyment for everyone.

BIO: Currently the Director of Horticulture at "The Arb," Christi Sorrell is also a native plant and tree health consultant. She has firteen years of professional experience working with habitat restoration, gardening, and designing planting plans. She has worked with numerous nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.


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