Alaska Offers Hummingbird Habitat Guide
Alaska joins other western states in providing a guide to the hummingbird species observed in the state and the flowering plants they depend on. This is the fifth guide produced with support from the U.S. Forest Service
Alaska encompasses five bird conservation regions, but most breeding habitat in the state is found along Alaska's coast in the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.
The mild temperatures and heavy precipitation along the coast support shrubs, such as red elderberry and devil's club, and flowering plants including Unalaska paintbrush and Nootka lupine on which hummingbirds feed. The Unalaska Paintbrush lacks the red coloration of its better-known relatives, mountain Indian paintbrush and scarlet paintbrush. Some research shows that the Unalaska Paintbrush is particularly dependent on hummingbirds and bumblebees for pollination.
Learn more about Alaska's hummingbirds and their plants in the digital guide.