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WHP Executive Committee
 
John Alexander 
Director
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi 
Professor
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Susan Bonfield 
Director
Environment for the Americas

Greg Butcher 
Migratory Species Coordinator
USFS, International Programs
 
Sarahy Contreras
Professor
Universidad de Guadalajara

Geoff Geupel 
Director, Emerging Programs and Partnerships Group
Point Blue Conservation Science

 

Chrissy Howell 
Regional Wildlife Ecologist
USFS, Pacific Southwest Region
 
USFS Committee
 
Cheryl Carrothers
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Alaska Region

 

Barb Bresson
Avian Conservation Program
USFS, Pacific Northwest Region
 

 


Western Hummingbird Partnership
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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The Western Hummingbird Partnership is now on Facebook. Our goal is to increase our outreach via social media to engage a broad suite of hummingbird enthusiasts, from birdwatchers and those who feed hummingbirds to  researchers and conservationists.
 
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Hummingbird Guide Heads to Print
Maintaining and Improving Habitat for Hummingbirds: A Land Manager's Guide offers details about the nectar plants hummingbirds use in the Pacific Northwest. 
 
Over 60 trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs are described by their seasons of bloom, soil requirements, and seed sources. The
guide also includes descriptions of hummingbirds of the region and tidbits about their nesting ecology. 
 
Western Hummingbird Partnership recognized the need for specific information about hummingbirds and their nectar producing plants and felt a guide would help convey this message. Barb Bresson, the Avian Conservation Program Manager in Oregon and Washington, developed the guide to help address concerns about declining hummingbird populations by providing and improving habitat.  Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) supported the completion and printing of the guide. It will be available in print soon and may downloaded from the WHP website.  

 

Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) provided support for the completion and printing of the guide. Until it hits the shelves, it is available for download on the WHP website. 
 
Scientists Track Hummingbirds 
Dr. David Inouye of University of Maryland received a grant from Western Hummingbird Partnership to study a method to track hummingbirds. This summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Station in Crested Butte, Colorado, he is fitting Broad-tailed Hummingbirds with tiny transmitters that will help him learn more about their movements during nesting. He will also recommend methods for using this technology.
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird sporting a transmitter.
 
A male Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Inouye's feeder provided the perfect opportunity to test the first transmitter. He captured the bird, removed a few feathers from the back between the wings, and used a tiny amount of adhesive to attach a piece of fabric and then the radio. If he does not recapture the bird, the radio will fall off as the feathers grow back.
 
The newly attired hummingbird flew away without difficulty. Inouye's next mission is to locate this hummingbird at night as it roosts.  Learn more about the project and check back for updates.
 
Hummingbird Watchers Meet in the Desert
Silver City, New Mexico is the site of the next Hummingbird Festival, which will be hosted July 19 and 20th, 2014. Activities include hummingbird banding demonstrations, guest speakers, hummingbird identification presentations, and live music. 

Silver City, New Mexico is located in the extreme southwestern part of the state. Seventeen hummingbird species have been observed in New Mexico, including Costa's, Calliope, Magnificent, and Luther's. 

Plan  your trip! 
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