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Charlotte, NC—The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the public to the 2010 Hummingbird Festival on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, 10 a.m.- 4p.m., at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road.

The festival offers a chance to see ruby-throated hummingbirds as they depart for their long journey south for the winter. Most fly on buzzing wings all the way across the Gulf of Mexico — a 500-mile, non-stop flight over open water! The festival features fun for the whole family with games, music, nature hikes, displays, vendors, crafts, and face-painting.

Admission is FREE, donations are requested. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event sponsors include: WMTV (My TV 12), WJZY (The CW), Lite 102.9, America Charters, Chirp ‘N Chatter, and BJ’s Wholesale Club.

The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve encompasses 727 acres; adjacent Reedy Creek Park covers 125 acres. The nature preserve's rolling topography includes pine and hardwood forests, fields and meadows, three lakes, and the headwaters and two tributaries of Reedy Creek. The preserve has 10 miles of trails for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The varied terrain provides habitat for 109 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles, and 12 species of amphibians.