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he Feliciana Nature Society held its annual Hummingbird festival Saturday at two private homes with gardens in the St. Francisville area.

In an effort to promote the unique breeding habitat of the tiny birds in the West Feliciana Parish area, visitors observed the process up close as biologists Linda Beall and Nancy Newfield captured, banded, weighed and measured the hummingbirds.

The metal bands on the birds’ legs allow people who catch them later to determine how old they are and where they came from.

Beall and her assistant Deborah Abibou, a bird ecologist at the Woodlands Conservancy in Belle Chasse, answered spectators’ questions as they worked.

Festivalgoers checked out native plants for sale that attract hummingbirds.

According to Donata Henry, a biology professor at Tulane University, St. Francisville is a nice resting spot as the birds travel from North to Central America. The area has plenty of shelter and food available in the woods, she said.

Spectators from Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Zachary and around the region attended the festival.