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HARTFORD — Anyone who loves hummingbirds will want to visit the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16, for the annual Hummingbird Festival, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders.
Vernon Kleen, author and licensed bird bander, will be on site with a team of assistants and members of the Great Rivers Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society.
Kleen will give a presentation about ruby-throated hummingbirds and go outside to capture hummingbirds, place identification bands on them and release them back to the wild. Visitors will be able to see the tiny birds up close and perhaps touch them.
In addition, there will be a children’s activity table inside the building.
The historic site marks Site No. 1 on the National Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail. It features an interpretive center explaining Illinois’ role in the expedition, as well as a reconstruction of the camp where the expedition began. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.
It is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.
The site is located along Illinois 3 a few miles north of Interstate 270.
For information, visit campdubois.com.