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WHP Executive Committee
John Alexander 
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Christine Bishop
Research Scientist
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Susan Bonfield 
Environment for the Americas

Barb Bresson
Avian Conservation Program
USFS, Pacific Northwest Region

Greg Butcher 
Migratory Species Coordinator
USFS, International Programs

Cheryl Carrothers
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Alaska Region
Sarahy Contreras
Universidad de Guadalajara

Bryan Dykstra
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Southwest Region

Geoff Geupel 
Director, Emerging Programs and Partnerships Group
Point Blue Conservation Science

Adam Rich
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Pacific Southwest Region


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Hummingbirds a Highlight at PIF Conference in Costa Rica
Symposia about migratory hummingbirds brought together biologists from the U.S. and Mexico.
The Partners in Flight (PIF) conference in Costa Rica brought together hummingbird researchers from Mexico and the United States. Two symposia, one hosted by the Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) and the other coordinated by the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, explored topics from Rufous Hummingbird migration to the potential effects of nectar feeders on hummingbird surveys. 

Donations to the WHP's fundraiser helped to raise funds that supported student participation. If you contributed to this effort, thank you for making this opportunity possible for a rising young biologist! 

WHP has taken information from the conference and has already used it to plan for 2018. One of our goals for 2018 is to assess gaps in knowledge on Rufous Hummingbird that will help us to target future research needs that will help to conserve this species.
Dr. Christine Bishop Joins WHP
Dr. Christine Bishop of Environment and Climate Change Canada was elected to the WHP Advisory Committee.

Dr. Christine Bishop, a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada was elected to join the WHP Advisory Committee. Dr. Bishop brings a strong connection to hummingbird research and conservation in Canada and a wealth of experience on the impacts of contaminants on birds. 

WHP has already supported research efforts on the impacts of contaminants on hummingbirds. Dr. Bishop's research will add to this work. She is currently completing the second year of a 5-year study measuring pesticides in hummingbirds, especially Rufous Hummingbirds, a declining species. 

Her work takes place in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, where agricultural crops include blueberry production. Research sites are located near these blueberry fields to help examine if the pesticides used on the berries are found in hummingbirds. Early analysis shows that pesticides are present in hummingbirds that forage near the fields. 

We look forward to having Dr. Bishop on our WHP team!
Hummingbird Habitat Series Completed

The U.S. Forest Service Southwest Region recently published the guide "Maintaining and Improving Habitat for Hummingbirds in Arizona and New Mexico - A Land Manager's Guide." This guide completes our efforts to provide information about the plants that are important to migratory hummingbirds across the western United States. 

The guides cover 13 states and include a wealth of information about the hummingbirds found in each, including their identification. Plant tables offer details about bloom season, sunlight and water requirements, seed sources and more. 

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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