There are indications that some hummingbird populations are declining. WHP is here to help.
Dedicated to building an effective and sustainable hummingbird conservation program. Our network of gardens and banding sites spans across continental United States.
Projects, developing programs, and building partnerships that investigate what hummingbirds need to survive, successfully reproduce, and maintain thriving populations.
Informing land managers, policy makers, and the public so habitats can be managed in ways that help hummingbirds and their communities thrive.
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Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) have shown consistent declines in abundance since 1970, with an acceleration in this trend starting in the mid-2000s.Demographic data is needed to isolate possible drivers. We employ mark-recapture data to calculate sex-specific adult apparent annual survival, accounting for residency probability, within…
Susan Bonfield01 February, 2022
Viridiana Orona, a 2021 Mosaics in Science intern, will be working on a pollinator project at Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Mosaics in Science is a diversity internship program and partnership of Environment for the Americas that gives opportunities for young adults to learn from and work…
Susan Bonfield28 May, 2021
Rufous Hummingbirds are a charismatic and remarkable migratory bird, and through their role as pollinators, they provide important ecological services across their range in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. There is a great opportunity for concerned communities, bird lovers, and conservation scientists to rally…
Susan Bonfield20 November, 2020
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North American hummingbird species are undergoing significant changes in populations, according to new research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. Hummingbirds are unique among birds in many ways. They play a critical ecological role, pollinating nearly 200 plant species in North America. Like most birds, hummingbirds…
Susan Bonfield07 December, 2021Pollinators Webinar Was a Success
Together with Environment for the Americas, we recently facilitated an expert-led webinar on the impacts of pesticides on native plants and their pollinators. The webinar, entitled “Pollinators, Pesticides, and Disease,” was held on November 18, 2021. The presenters included research scientist Christine Bishop of Environment…
Susan Bonfield19 November, 2021Hummingbird Banding in Estes Park, Colorado
Near Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado, Scott Rashid sets up his hummingbird banding station. Underneath tree canopy shadows, a feeder is hung and surrounded with nylon netting. For the visitors, there are a few rows of benches faced towards the feeder. Scott…
Susan Bonfield05 July, 2019