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WHP Executive Committee
John Alexander 
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi 
Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico

Susan Bonfield 
Environment for the Americas

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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WHP Supports Research and Education
Western Hummingbird Partnership received more proposals than ever to its small grants program. Grant recipients from diverse organizations across the western U.S. and Mexico will receive funds to develop education programs, citizen science activities, research projects, and much more. Among the twelve recipients are the Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State University, the Lincoln National Forest, University of Guadalajara, Malone University, and the University of California, Davis. 

Results of their work will be featured on the WHP website, in e-newsletters, and via Facebook. Stay tuned for more information!

Intermountain Bird Observatory in Idaho monitors the abundance, breeding condition, and migratory timing of Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope Hummingbirds. They will also use grant funds to support outreach and education programs.
Hummingbird Watch Engages Young Researchers
Seven teachers and over 200 students joined researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) to learn about hummingbirds. The program was developed in part with a grant from the Western Hummingbird Partnership.

OSU researchers placed graduated nectar feeders in schoolyards and near homes. Equipped with clipboards and data forms, students collected information on the volume of nectar consumed over a 4-week period. The experience gives students a glimpse of field research techniques, a greater awareness of hummingbirds, and knowledge of threats to hummingbird populations.

What did the young researchers find? Hummingbirds consumed more nectar from feeders located near forests, indicating a higher number of hummingbirds in and near forested habitat, compared to schoolyards and homes that were farther from forests.

WHP Plans a Meeting in Mexico

The International Hummingbird Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico will celebrate its third year in October, 2015. The beautiful colonial city is home to a variety of hummingbird species, including the migratory Rufous and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

In conjunction with the festival, the Western Hummingbird Partnership will be hosting a meeting to share its work and to invite increased participation by researchers, educators, and conservationists. Stay tuned for more information about the meeting date, opportunities to present, lodging, and more.

The opportunity to host the meeting in conjunction with the festival is made possible by these organizations:
Camino Silvestre, El Charco de Ingenio, and Audubon M?xico
Western Hummingbird Partnership | sbbonfield@gmail.com | http://westernhummingbird.org
Environment for the Americas, 5171 Eldorado Springs Drive, Suite N, Boulder, CO 80303