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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

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WHP Meets Capulin Volcano National Monument

Mosaics in Science intern, Lily Calderon, is ready to release a Calliope Hummingbird after it was banded by Ranger Zach.
While visiting sites for the 2016 Mosaics in Science Internship, Coordinator of WHP, Susan Bonfield, had the opportunity to participate in Capulin Volcano National Monument's (CAVO) hummingbird banding session. Susan met with the bander Zach Cartmell, and Hummingbird Research Assistant, Lily Calderon. 

Zach Cartmell has been banding hummingbirds at Capulin Volcano for five summers now. This summer, 225 hummingbirds were banded from the end of May until the beginning of August. Banding sessions are held almost every Friday during the summer months. The CAVO banding crew hopes to expand banding efforts to neighboring National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and State Parks in order to better assess how climate change is impacting these charismatic pollinators.

Jardín Etnobotánico Spots its First Wintering Hummingbird
Members of the Jardín Etnobotánico shared this picture of its first wintering hummingbird, a Black-chinned ma le. 

Although it may seem early to some, birds have already begun their journey south for the winter. Male Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds are known to begin migration in early July from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It is adult males that are the first to begin migrating south, because they are not involved in taking care of the nest or young.

Members of the Jardín Etnobotánico, located in Southern Mexico, were excited to spot their first migrating hummingbird, a Black-chinned male, in their garden. The Jardin Etnobotanico receives high visitation rates from community members of all ages and has recognized that visitors are eager to learn more about the wildlife and participate in citizen science. With the funds given to the Jardin by WHP, the Jardin Etnobotanico strives to create a hummingbird garden to add to their bird sanctuary. In addition to the garden, resources such as binoculars, identification guides, and interpretive signs will be purchased to help visitors learn more about hummingbirds and the native plants the feed from.  

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

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