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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

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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Jardín Botánico Cadereyta is one of the recipients of a grant from the Western Hummingbird Partnership in 2016.

WHP Gives Small Grants
The Western Hummingbird Partnership received 21 proposals for a variety of projects that included research, monitoring, habitat restoration, and education about western migratory hummingbirds. The quantity of proposals illustrates the interest in learning more about the conservation of this group of birds.

Nine grants were approved to organizations working in the U.S. and Mexico, including the University of Guadalajara, Ahuácapan Turismo de Naturaleza, Jardín Etnobotanico in Puebla, México, the Cadereyta Regional Botanic Garden in Queretaro, Sandy Pollinator Garden in Oregon, the U.S. Forest Service Southwest Research Station, the Los Padres National Forest, Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area, and the Willamette National Forest.

In 2016, these sites will work on projects ranging from the impacts of fire on hummingbirds to education programs that raise awareness of pollinators. 
Alaska Offers Hummingbird Habitat Guide

Unalaska Paintbrush is a preferred nectar source of Alaska's hummingbirds.
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.
Targeting Restoration for Hummingbirds
Borderlands Restoration is an Arizona-based nonprofit that works in the Sky Island region. Characterized by forested mountains separated by grassland and desert, the region is important to both resident and migratory hummingbirds.

The Western Hummingbird Partnership provided funds to Borderland Restoration to support their research on the effectiveness of a 3-year restoration project in improving hummingbird diversity. They learned that there are gaps between hummingbird and flower phenology and worked to restore habitat to include flowering plants that would fill those gaps. 

A team of over 100 volunteers contributed 1,000 hours to restoration activities. For hummingbirds, the project resulted in the availability of flowering plants from April to November. Results showed that 40 plants per acre helped to fill gaps in floral availability and that by targeting restoration provides significant benefits to hummingbirds. 

Learn more about the Borderlands Restoration project. 

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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