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keynote dinner ​2022

Thursday August 4, 2022, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Cochise College Sierra Vista, Community Room, Bldg 1000

Keynote Speaker: Sheri Williamson

Hummingbirds: Their Past, Their Present, Our Future

The Keynote Dinner is $40 per person.

All registered festival attendees may purchase the Keynote Dinner online through the Cvent platform. Registration closed.


Late tickets available only at the festival.

We are proud to have local hummingbird expert Sheri Williamson as our Keynote speaker.  She will discuss her ongoing hummingbird research, revisions to her previously published A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, managing the gardens at Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary and leading tours for Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.  

After more than 20 years of general birding and natural history, Sheri was hijacked by hummingbirds when her husband and colleague Tom Wood and she moved to Arizona to work as live-in managers of The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve. More than three decades later, she is still obsessed with these prismatic pugilists, feeding them year-round, maintaining dozens of hummingbird-pollinated plants in her garden, writing about them in her blog, ‘Life, Birds, and Everything’, and banding hundreds of them each year. She is currently working on a revision of A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, originally published in 2002.


Sheri keeps her hummingbird obsession marginally under control by leading bird walks, workshops, and tours for the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, managing the gardens at Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary, watching and photographing hawks, cranes, sparrows, and butterflies, writing about other birds and other wildlife (including a forthcoming collection of essays and stories tentatively titled The Grail Quail and Other Remarkable Birds), creating jewelry from polymer clay, translating Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions, playing rock and folk music on my autoharp, and spoiling her rescue dog, geriatric parrot, and small flock of diva chickens.

Sheri's talk is entitled: Hummingbirds: Their Past, Their Present, Our Future. 


During the Keynote Dinner on Thursday, Aug 4, a Silent Auction will be held to raise funds for future festivals. Items being auctioned are nature-themed artwork, books, clothing, as well as local restaurant and lodging discounts. All items can be viewed here on our website and during the first day of the vendor hall open hours on Wednesday, Aug 3 and Thursday Aug 4 before the Keynote Dinner.

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