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WHP Executive Committee
 
John Alexander 
Director
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi 
Professor
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Christine Bishop
Research Scientist
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Susan Bonfield 
Director
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
Professor
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
District Biologist
Partners in Flight Coordinator
Pacific Southwest Region

 




































































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WHP Receives Prestigious 
Wings Across the Americas Award

  On Tuesday, May 1st, members of the WHP Executive Committee traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the prestigious Wings Across the Americas (WATA) award for International Cooperation from the U.S. Forest Service, International Programs. This award recognizes achievements in bird, bat, butterfly and dragonfly conservation.

WHP received its award because of its work across borders to identify what hummingbirds need to survive. Our projects have provided over 20 grants for research and education programs in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. We have also attended meetings across the Western Hemisphere to present our work and the work of our partners and developed a suite of education materials. 

Present to receive the award were (pictured above, left to right), Barbara Bresson, U.S. Forest Service and Sarahy Contreras, University of Guadalajara ( front row) and Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas, Cheryl Carrothers, U.S. Forest Service, and John Alexander, Klamath Bird Observatory left to right in the back row.
Hummingbird Sightings Vary by Elevation

Red points indicate observations of Rufous Hummingbird at high elevations, while green points indicate observations at lower elevations.

The Canadian federal government (Environment and Climate Change Canada; A. Lee and K. Moore, 2018) compiled Rufous Hummingbird records from eBird for their peak migration and breeding period in British Columbia. Examining data from  March 21st - July 31st  in each year from 1959-2017, they scoured 59285 records. The results revealed 1423 records equal or above 1,101m (3,612 feet), and 57862 records below or equal to 1,000m (3,280). There are far fewer observations at the top of the mountains in this province, though Rufous Hummingbirds clearly utilize high and low elevation habitat throughout their peak migration and breeding season in western Canada.

These data illustrate the importance of ensuring that equal effort is committed to monitoring birds throughout their habitats. Lack of data at higher elevations may indicate fewer birders at these elevations, rather than fewer hummingbirds.
Hundreds of Rufous Hummingbirds Sighted in Alaska


A close look at this eBird list, submitted on Sunday, April 29th from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, shows observations of 200 Rufous Hummingbirds - an incredible number of birds of a single species that caught the attention of eBird reviewers. According to Gwen Baluss, a hummingbird bander with years of experience in the state, this high number is completely possible. She herself has seen swarms of hummingbirds in early May. She suggests that they may be gathering at a food source, such as nectar from willows or insects on willow catkins. 

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