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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

Barb Bresson
Avian Conservation Program
USFS, Pacific Northwest Region

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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The WHP small grants program supports research, monitoring, and education programs that benefit the conservation of western migratory hummingbirds.

WHP 2016 Call for Proposals
The Western Hummingbird Partnership works to build an effective and sustainable hummingbird conservation program through research, monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, and education. WHP has limited funding, with most projects in the $1,000 - $5,000 range, for activities that will benefit knowledge of hummingbird populations and their conservation and public awareness of hummingbirds, especially migratory species with ranges in western Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Proposals are due March 15, 2016.

Examples of projects of interest include those that explore climate change impacts 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. Research proposals should demonstrate a clear nexus to the conservation of western migratory hummingbirds. 

WHP Plans for 2016
Rufous Hummingbird The WHP Advisory Committee has reviewed its Action Plan for 2016 to establish priorities for the coming year. Activities focusing on one species, Rufous Hummingbird, are a common theme.

Existing research on Rufous Hummingbirds includes studies of their energetics, memory for flowers, foraging behaviors, and phenology. Yet much about this species remains unknown, including how to distinguish it from some other hummingbird species, such as Allen's, on the wintering grounds. WHP is also interested in learning how fire in the west is altering habitat and how restoration efforts might be improved to benefit hummingbirds, including Rufous. 

To address gaps in our knowledge about Rufous Hummingbirds, WHP is working to pull together existing information about this species and to identify future research. WHP is also interested in collaborations with biologists in Mexico to improve our ability to distinguish Rufous from other species. Stay tuned for more updates on these efforts and the WHP Action Plan.

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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