Ten days ago, in the downpour of rain that was going on, 250 people
attended the Gala held during the First Annual Hummingbird Festival.
It was sponsored both by the Audubon Society, San Miguel Chapter and Camino Silvestre which is a retail store with garden and home furnishings and accessories. Their specialty is hummingbird feeders. Fabulous hummingbird feeders.
For two days there were all kinds of activities - nature walks, seminars, lectures, art classes
all regarding hummingbirds. Ironically this year I have had very few. Unusual since I usually have at least 20 to 30 in the gardens.
The Audubon Society here is the only chapter in Mexico. I was involved early
on but in the last six years or so, not.
I was surprised at the large turnout and must confess I hardly knew many of the people.
Guess it was lots of newcomers or people from out of town.
No ones spirits were dampened by the deluge of rain, nor the water dripping inside the building.
I believe their auction went well although those of us at one end of the room couldn't see or hear
the auction items, unfortunately.
The decorations were lovely.
It appears from the success of this first event that this will become an annual tradition to benefit nature and the botanical gardens. A very good thing.