June 2013

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WHP Executive Committee
John Alexander 
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Susan Bonfield 
Environment for the Americas

Greg Butcher

Migratory Species Coordinator
USFS, International Programs

Geoff Geupel
Terrestrial Ecology Division Director
PRBO Conservation Science

Chrissy Howell  
Wildlife Program Leader 
USFS, Pacific Southwest Region
Western Hummingbird Partnership
The Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) is a collaborative approach to hummingbird research, conservation, and education. Working with partners in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, WHP strives to understand what hummingbirds need to survive in a changing world. Our newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest in hummingbird news. Thank you for joining us!
Small Grants Fund Hummingbird Projects

The Western Hummingbird Partnership has limited funding (average project budget is $5,000, with most projects in the $1,000 - $5,0000 range) for  projects that will benefit knowledge of hummingbird populations and their conservation and public awareness of hummingbirds, especially migratory species with ranges in western Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. We hope to be able to support larger budgets in future years, so please contact us if you are pursuing a project that would benefit from a larger award so we can keep you apprised of future year's funding options.

Examples of projects of interest include those that explore the impacts of climate change on hummingbirds, examine the habitat requirements of migratory hummingbird species, promote habitat restoration, and/or demonstrate successful methods of engaging the public in hummingbird conservation, education, and citizen science.

During proposal development, applicants may consult with the WHP Coordinator, Susan Bonfield ([email protected]), for assistance and with any questions:

Applicants should submit a brief proposal of no more than 2 pages (not including references) that details the project purpose, description, methods, partners, and budget (including any leveraged or matching funds) via e-mail to Susan Bonfield at [email protected] The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 28, 2013. 
Rufous Hummingbird Migration Record    
Rufous Hummingbird
In 2010, hummingbird bander Fred Dietrich banded a female Rufous Hummingbird in Tallahassee, Florida. On June 28th, over 3,500 miles away in Prince William Sound, Alaska, bander Kate McLaughlin recaptured the hummingbird and entered the information for the longest migration of a hummingbird ever documented.

Rufous Hummingbirds winter in Florida from November through February and are known for their long distance migrations, but the details of their routes are unknown. Some may travel as far south as Panama and may have an elliptical route that brings them back to the U.S. across the Gulf of Mexico. Until tracking devices become small enough to put on hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbird migration may remain a mystery. Read more about Rufous Hummingbird #H82779.

                     Rufous Hummingbird #H82779
Festivals Highlight Hummingbirds

The number of hummingbird festivals is growing, and we will provide you with updates each month. Illinois is planning hummingbird festivals that begin in June and continue into July.

Oakland Hummingbird Fest,
Oakland, Illinois
June 23, 2013

Pere Marquette Hummingbird Festival
Grafton, IL
June 30, 2013
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