For the Birds

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Visitors to Lake Hope State Park in Vinton County have the opportunity to hand-feed hummingbirds.

Park Naturalist Dave Sapienza oversees the program. Plans begin in spring, when he places hummingbird feeders around the lake. Once the birds are conditioned to drink nectar at the feeders, visitors can wait at the sites with handheld feeders made from floral tubing and pipe cleaners. Those who stand still are often visited by hungry hummingbirds.

The free program, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, runs through Labor Day. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.

Lake Hope, 27331 state Route 278 in McArthur, is located within Zaleski State Forest. It's about 70 miles from downtown Columbus. For more information, call 740-596-4938 or go to

- Melissa Kossler Dutton