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■ Hum­ming­bird Band­ing event with “Hum­ming­bird Whis­perer” Ju­lia El­liott of Bird Watcher Sup­ply Com­pany. 8-11 a.m. Sept. 8 (rain or shine). $5 to $7, free for mem­bers and chil­dren ages 5 and younger with fam­ily. Smith-Gil­bert Gar­dens, 2382 Pine Moun­tain Road, Ken­ne­saw. El­liott is one of only about 150 per­sons from across the U.S. and Canada au­tho­rized to band these tiny birds. The process of band­ing, re­cap­ture and re­cov­ery pro­vides valu­able in­for­ma­tion about bird his­tory, es­pe­cially mi­gra­tory de­tails and the rel­a­tive abun­dance of a given bird species from year to year. When a bird is banded, the ban­der col­lects im­por­tant data about the bird’s age, sex, con­di­tion and plumage char­ac­ter­is­tics. Chil­dren will be in­vited to make hum­ming­bird craft pro­jects in the Rose Gar­den, en­joy a scavenger hunt, play yard games and visit the bub­ble ponds. 770-919-0248, SmithGil­bertGar­dens.com

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