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Charlotte, NC- The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the media and the public to check out the brand new and dramatic “Predators of Hummingbirds” exhibit at this year’s Hummingbird Festival on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

The festival, now in its fifth year, is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. Visitors are offered the 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 music, nature hikes, banding demonstrations, face painting, vendors, crafts, and children’s activities.

Members of the media are invited to attend a special Predators of Hummingbirds Preview at the Nature Center on Friday, Aug. 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

Months in the making, the new Predators exhibit is an interactive 3-D black light experience that simulates what it’s like to be a hummingbird. As you walk through the exhibit, you will see and learn about all the different types of predators that hummingbirds face.

Admission to the festival is FREE; donations are requested. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event sponsors include: REI, Lite 102.9, Chirp ‘N Chatter, and Hungry Howie’s. Water will be provided to volunteers by Earth Fare.

The Reedy Creek Nature Center and 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.