Sage & Songbirds
What is it?
The certification, proclaimed by the National Wildlife Federation, was the result of the efforts of dozens of businesses and scores of residents who have each done a small part to provide habitats for hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds. The project is known as "Sage & Songbirds."
Alpine gardens have been enhanced with beautiful berries, colorful sages and other nectar-rich plants to provide for the basic needs of area winged wildlife. Several of these gardens are featured during a three-day, self-guided tour, held the first weekend in May. Ticket-holders may visit gardens throughout the weekend (one visit per site.) Click here to see read about this year's gardens.
Each year, a “Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour & Festival of Gardens” is held the first weekend in May, and includes garden tours, educational seminars, specialty vendors, entertainment and much more. The 2015 event is set for May 1-3.
A highlight of each year's event is CHIRP's very popular butterfly release, held at Alpine Creek Town Center. Live native butterflies will be released at noon, both Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015. Admission is free and we welcome you to join us! Butterflies will also be released in the gardens, during the tour.
The Sage & Songbirds mission is to make Alpine a town unforgettable to visitors, and endlessly enjoyable to those who live here. Sage & Songbirds is a project of CHIRP.
The Sage & Songbirds Festival is an annual celebration of Alpine's recognition by the
National Wildlife Federation as America's First Community Wildlife Habitat.
Butterflies eager to be released!
Each year during the Sage & Songbirds Festival,
hundreds of native butterlies are released as part of the celebration.
Garden afficionados tour bird-and-butterfly-friendly gardens.
A birds-of-prey talk is presented FREE (above) during the Festival,
and a raptor rehabilitation and education facility is a bonus site
for those with garden tour tickets (below) during all three days of that event.