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Hummingbird 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 sits on one of the benches and waits for a hummingbird to fly into the net.

Scott Rashid, bird researcher and rehabilitator, is one of three certified hummingbird banders in Colorado. He has been banding birds for 34 years, and his knowledge of varying bird species is astounding. Scott bands all types of birds in the area year-round and conducts educational programs for anyone willing to listen to why bird banding is beneficial (both for the birds and for us). Keep reading.

Hummingbirds Reveal Evidence of Insecticide Exposure

With support from WHP, University of California at Davis researcher Lisa Tell and her colleagues developed a method to detect the presence of pesticides in hummingbirds. They then used their technique to test for as many 150 drugs, pesticides, and other products in Black-chinned and Anna’s Hummingbirds in California. Keep reading.