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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
Sarahy Contreras
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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Little is known about the Buff-bellied Hummingbird, except that winters along the Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is studying this and other hummingbird species. 

Observatory Studies Wintering Hummers
The curved coast of Texas is a favorite of birdwatchers; the location of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and home of the Brownsville International Birding Festival and other birding events. In winter, the coast is also the nexus of migration by both eastern and western migratory birds, including hummingbirds. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO) is about mid-way along the Texas coast, strategically located for avian research.

Biologists at GCBO are monitoring overwintering hummingbirds in an effort to examine the species that reside there in the non-breeding season. Data collected over years will also inform our knowledge of how a changing climate is altering these populations. With support from Western Hummingbird Partnership, the research expanded to include "Hummer Havens". "Hummer Havens" engages retirement homes, schools, and other places that maintain hummingbird attracting plants and feeders in its study.

Early efforts in winter 2015 show that hummingbirds have been slow to arrive. To date, only one wintering Buff-bellied Hummingbird has been banded. Researchers anticipate that the bulk of wintering birds will arrive in January and February. As the project progresses, GCBO will share its results and provide recommendations for engaging youth, seniors, and neighborhoods in hummingbird studies. 

WHP's HummerGuide
The Western Hummingbird Partnership's (WHP) website is growing to become a one-stop source of information about this family of birds. The most recent addition to the site is the HummerGuide, which provides details about seven focus species.

The HummerGuide is more than an identification tool. WHP's goal is to provide information about preferred plants, population status, range, and more to gardeners, conservationists, and birdwatchers. We hope you will use the information to learn more about the hummingbirds near your home and to restore and improve their habitat.

WHP Website in Spanish
The Western Hummingbird Partnership website is now available in Spanish. Visit the site and explore the pages!

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