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  • Valerie Crowley

Hummingbird Migration and Banding 2020

Updated: May 14

We humans are all working hard together to navigate our home lives, work and communities in ways that keep each other safe during the coronavirus pandemic. While it can sometimes be frustrating, it helps to remind ourselves that these circumstances are temporary and WE'VE GOT THIS.


In the meantime, I've been consciously focusing on the many stories of how nature is healing - more quickly than we could've imagined or predicted. Our hummingbirds arrived right on schedule and in numbers higher than 2017, 2018 or 2019. On our first banding day, we recaptured a female who was originally banded in May, 2018. She had an egg visible in her oviduct, which means she's ready to raise a new generation on site! We are missing all of the students who were planning to help out at the banding site this year, so I took a video of our first female Rufous Hummingbird banding for the 2020 season. Take a few minutes to watch and feel inspired by our collective resilience...


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