~ December 2016  ~
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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
Cheryl Carrothers
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Alaska Region

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Greg Butcher, Cheryl Carothers, and Barbara Bresson, with the US Forest Service, Sarahy Contreras-Martinez (professor) with La Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, John Alexander (Director), Klamath Bird Observatory, and Susan Bonfield (Director) and Lily Calderón (Coordinator) of Environment for the Americas. 

WHP Meets To Set 2017 Agenda 

In early December, members of the Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) Advisory Committee met in Boulder, Colorado to set the goals and priorities for the coming year. Discussions included priority research needs, ways to better engage the public in gathering information about hummingbirds and in helping to conserve migratory species, and the impact of the WHP small grants program on our knowledge of migratory hummingbirds in the west. 

Image of pollen slides. 

Pollen Collections 
Due to global climate change, scientists predict that hummingbirds will be greatly impacted by the mismatch of the timing of blooming flowers and hummingbird migration. To learn more about this potential threat, some hummingbirds banders are collecting pollen samples from the bills and heads of the hummingbirds they capture. The pollen may be used to identify the plants on which hummingbirds are foraging and helps us to understand the phenology of flowering and the species that hummingbirds are choosing. The information may be used to inform future plantings and restoration efforts.
Hummingbird banders at Capulin Volcano National Monument in northern New Mexico collect pollen samples. Their work has led to the development of a method for processing the pollen and to a guide to pollen and plants of the monument. The Western Hummingbird Partnership will be reviewing the available materials on pollen collection, processing, and identification to help provide the opportunity to contribute to this work. If you are a hummingbird bander and are interested in participating or participate already, please contact Lily Calderón at lcaldero
n@environm entamericas.org


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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