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You Can Hand Feed Hummingbirds In The Hocking Hills This Summer

Originally published 7/2/18. Updated 6/27/19.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind summer activity? How does hand feeding the world’s most adorable bird sound?

Hocking Hills visitors will have a chance to get up close and personal with the ruby-throated hummingbird thanks to this unique summer program. On Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Lake Hope State Park, visitors will be able to participate in the program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hocking Hills visitors have the one-of-a-kind opportunity for a close encounter with the illusive ruby-throated hummingbird, thanks to an extraordinary program returning to Lake Hope State Park in southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills this summer.

Beginning July 4, park guests will have the opportunity to hand feed the state’s tiniest bird through summer’s end. The special program takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Lake Hope State Park and will run through the last weekend in August, concluding on August 31.

Visitors to the park who wish to participate are taught how to create the nectar feeder and to sit in near perfect stillness while waiting for the birds to show up.

If you can’t wait to make your way down to Lake Hope State Park and get up close and personal with these cuties, I don’t blame you! When you arrive at the park, you should head to the visitors center where they’ll get you all set up and ready to go!

Hummingbirds are tiny, but their wings are incredibly powerful. North American hummingbirds average around 53 beats per second in normal flight. There is no charge for the hummingbird experience, however, donations are gratefully accepted. For more information about the “Hungry Hummers”, please click here.