Plan your Gardens

Plan your Gardens

In most areas of the U.S. and Canada, the hummingbird feeders have long since been taken down, cleaned, and put away for the winter.  But where are the hummingbirds now which kept us so entertained from spring through fall?  When migratory birds leave their breeding grounds to head south, we seldom think to investigate where they might end up.  Hummingbirds, of which there are about 300 species, are found only in the Western Hemisphere, from Alaska to Chile.  Mexico has about 58 species, including wintering migrants like the Broad-tailed, Rufous, and Ruby-throated, and many beautiful resident hummingbirds too.  Even in the megalopolis of Mexico City, with a population of over 21 million, there are 17 species of hummingbirds to be found.  An exciting hummingbird project is taking place there, which can be a model for other urban areas.  The goal of this effort by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is to help residents create hummingbird gardens all around the city, where the natural habitat no longer exists, providing nectar resources while building an appreciation for these important pollinators.  It will no doubt be met with great enthusiasm; after all, who doesn’t love seeing hummingbirds in their backyard?  Think about how you might start an effort like this in your community, to be ready for the return of the hummingbirds next spring.

 



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