The Master Gardeners of Walton County are hosting Fred Basset and his lecture ‘Southeastern Hummingbirds – A lot more than you might think.’ The program will discuss Ruby-throated hummingbirds in depth and introduce several western hummingbird species wintering in the Southeast and show how they are banded.
Fred Bassett is a certified master bird bander who is president of Hummingbird Research, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of hummingbirds. He is a retired Air Force pilot who has worked with birds for over twenty years. During the winter Fred documents western hummingbirds wintering in south Alabama and Florida, and the last seventeen winters he has captured more than 2,500 hummingbirds of ten different species in that area. He travels each summer to study hummingbirds in western states and has done hummingbird research in Alaska and Canada. He has banded more than 25,000 hummingbirds at more than 1,100 locations from Miami Florida to Haines, Alaska. Results of his research have been presented in several national publications.
The lecture will be given only one time at the DeFuniak Springs Walton County Extension office on October 28th at 2:00 p.m. 732 N. 9th St. DeFuniak Springs, FL. This is just one of the lectures in this year’s Master Gardener lecture series entitled “The Great American Garden.”
These events, structured for the local home gardeners, are free and open to the public. However, seating is limited, and reservations must be made by the Monday before the event by calling Cheryl at 850-892-8172. Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions. Soil testing and instructions will be available. This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.
The Master Gardener training classes will begin on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Application materials will be available for those interested in becoming a MG.