Grants

hummingbird grantsThe Western Hummingbird Partnership has worked to build an effective and sustainable hummingbird conservation program through research, monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, and education. In Fall of 2023, WHP funded projects in the $5,000 -$20,000 range for activities that benefitted the knowledge of hummingbird populations, their conservation, and public awareness of hummingbirds, especially western migratory species. This round of funding had a focus but was not limited to supporting projects based in Mexico.

Examples of projects that have been funded include those that have explored climate change impacts on hummingbirds, examined the habitat requirements of migratory hummingbird species, promoted habitat restoration, and/or demonstrated successful methods of engaging the public in hummingbird conservation, education, and citizen science.

The following are project descriptions of the 2023 grant recipients. This section is dynamic and changes as new projects begin and others end, as projects expand to include more and/or different partners, and as new conservation issues arise.

Rufous Hummingbird

Project Lead: Laura Edith

Lead Organization: Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Focal Hummingbird Species: Rufous, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Ruby-throated, and Black-throated

Project Summary: Evaluate the effects of Hass avocado expansion on the distribution of key plant species for migratory hummingbirds and standardize germination protocols for these key plants in Michoacan, Mexico.

Project Impact: Improves understory restoration programs of pine-oak forests within natural protected areas of western Mexico.

 

Project Lead: Susan Wethington

Lead Organizations: Hummingbird Conservation Network

Focal Hummingbird Species: All North American hummingbirds

Project Summary: Provide bilingual training materials for newly developed hummingbird bands and tools based on Lee Roger’s design with updated technology and manufacturing improvements.  

Project Impact: Restores manufacturing and improves the creation of cost-effective banding tools for hummingbirds.

Project Leads: Humberto Berlanga

Lead Organization: National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Focal Hummingbird Species: Black-chinned, Ruby-throated, Lucifer, Costa’s, Calliope, Broad-tailed, Rufous, and Allen’s.

Project Summary: Improve hummingbird citizen science monitoring in pollinator gardens and natural areas in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Sinaloa, Mexico, and Oaxaca through volunteer recruitment and training workshops on hummingbird identification and the plants they use. Monitoring aims at understanding patterns of species richness, abundance, seasonality, and plant interaction.

Project Impact: Improves practices in selected pollinator gardens and promotion of native plant species suitable for pollinator gardens.

Project Leads: Sergio Diaz

Lead Organizations: Hummingbird Conservation Network & Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit

Focal Hummingbird Species: Broad-tailed, Rufous, Allen’s, Calliope, Costa’s, Black-chinned, and Ruby-throated.

Project Summary: Characterize the habitat and phenology of flowers used by hummingbirds across an elevation gradient in the Nayarit region, a crucial over-wintering area for migratory hummingbirds. In addition, train community monitors to gather information for subsequent conservation action and field test collection of seeds for future plant production.

Project Impact: Enhances knowledge of hummingbird winter ecology and builds a foundation for indigenous ejidos communities to address hummingbird conservation needs.

Project Lead: Sergio Gomez Villaverde

Lead Organization: Tlaxiaco Bird Observatory

Focal Hummingbird Species: Rufous

Project Summary: Determine the distribution and habitat structure of Rufous hummingbirds at high altitudes in Western Oaxaca and winter survival in urban areas supplemented with artificial drinking troughs.

Project Impact: Identifies the variables (e.g., elevation, land use, climate, habitat structure) that influence the distribution of S. rufus during the winter season.

Project Lead: Luis Morales

Lead Organization: San Pancho Bird Observatory

Focal Hummingbird Species: Lucifer, Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned, Costa’s, and Calliope

Project Summary: Enhance community gardens with native nectar-producing plants preferred by hummingbirds at hotels and guesthouses and increase the local and tourist capacity for using citizen science tools to record hummingbird observations.

Project Impact: A part of the Pollinating Lives Project which aims to improve conditions and survival opportunities for migratory hummingbirds.

Project Lead: Sarahy Contreras 

Organization: Centro Universitario de la Costa Sur (CUCSUR), Universidad de Guadalajara

Focal Hummingbird Species: Rufous, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Allen’s, Black-chinned, and Costa’s

Project Summary: Analyze hummingbird data of local and migratory species and bring forward 4th Annual Hummingbird Festival in Ahuacapan, a gate town to Sierra de Manatlan Biosphere Reserve 

Project Impact: Improves recommendations of restoration practices that benefit hummingbirds