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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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Gwen Baluss started banding birds in the early 2000's. Here she is removing a rufous hummingbird from a hall trap. 

Representing Hummingbirds at WBBA
The Western Bird Banding Association conference is right around the corner and we are excited about it! The conference serves as a great place for banders and bird enthusiast to meet and exchange information on bird banding and avian conservation efforts. 

This year the conference will be held at Point Reyes, California from the 6th of October until the 9th. These three days will be filled with bird field trips, talks and presentations and one of the talks we have our eyes on is the talk Gwen Baluss will be giving on hummingbird banding techniques. 

Gwen Baluss has conducted bird studies on Alaska's Tongass National Forest for over 15 years as a wildlife technician. She has coordinated broad-scaled point counts, banding, seabird counts and environmental education. Gwen opened up a Rufous Hummingbird monitoring station near Juneau, Alaska in 2013. Since the beginning of the project, Gwen  has banded approximately 500 rufous hummingbirds! We can't wait to hear what else Gwen has to say at the conference. 

Migration is Still in Progress!

A webcam image of a rufous hummingbird diving towards the feeder.
We can tell that our grantees are very enthusiastic about hummingbirds and the projects they are working on.  Last month we learned that a male Black-chinned Hummingbird was observed in Puebla, Mexico. The same organization from Puebla, Jardín Etnobotánico Francisco Pelaez, has recently shared with us more exciting news about migrating hummingbirds. In these past few days they have welcomed their first Rufous Hummingbird. 

Rufous Hummingbirds are known to be one of the birds with the longest migration route relative to size. Traveling to and from Southeastern Alaska to Southeastern Mexico, these birds travel about 3,800 miles one way. Rufous Hummingbirds begin to migrate south as early as July. It seems that they are finally arriving to their southernmost part of their range. 

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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