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!
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How Do You Track a Hummingbird?
Wildlife tracking technology has improved immensely over the years. Researchers are now able to follow the movements of organisms as small as bumblebees.
Dr. David Inouye of the University of Maryland received a grant from the Western Hummingbird Partnership to test transmitters on hummingbirds. Transmitters are already being used to track Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. In a similar effort, Dr. Inouye will test transmitters on Broad-tailed Hummingbirds at 9,500 feet in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The information will help him understand the behavior and phenology of both males and females.
Researchers at Oregon State University located a female Green Hermit at her nest at their study site in Costa Rica because of the radio transmitter attached to her back.
Anna's Hummingbird feeds on Mahonia nevinii.
Guide to Providing Hummingbird Habitat
Wildlife biologist Barbara Bresson has created a guide to improving habitat for the hummingbirds of Oregon and Washington. The Maintaining and Improving Habitat for Hummingbirds in Oregon and Washington, A Land Managers Guide provides details about the region's most common hummingbird species, including Allen's and Black-chinned. It also identifies nectar-producing plants that benefit these species, including preferred habitat and seed sources.
This guide will be used as a model for the development of similar guides in other regions. Look for news about their publication and the opportunity to view them on the Western Hummingbird Partnership website.