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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male
Bill Stripling
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male, by Bill Stripling.

Hummingbirds At Home 

New Mobile App to ID Birds & the Blooms that Feed Them

 April 17, 2013--- As flowers bloom earlier because of warming temperatures, the impact on hummingbirds which rely on nectar could be severe. The National Audubon Society has launched a new Citizen Science project to document hummingbird sightings across the country, using a free mobile app that identifies bird species as well as the plants that feed them.  Hummingbirds at Home will welcome observations from March to June each spring. 

"Every year, many hummingbird species make a remarkable journey north during springtime," said Dr. Gary Langham, Chief Scientist for Audubon; "but will their arrival time be in sync with the blossoms?"  Dr. Langham says the new research will help Audubon focus its conservation efforts on where birds are most affected.

Participants can get involved year round by making recommended changes to their local hummingbird habitats, plus take steps to stem the impact of Climate Change.  "Increasingly people are seeing the impact of Climate Change in their own backyards, from early blossoms to extreme weather," said Dr. Langham; "This is a fun, family-friendly citizen science project that works in the classroom or in the kitchen."  

Find out more at   www.hummingbirdsathome.org

Hummingbird photos for media to use are at   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pt5fxidxai4gb5m/wB2verHMOD

For reports on the annual Strawberry Plains Audubon Center Hummingbird Festival in Mississippi, see links below for images. Each photo must be accompanied by a photo credit with the photographer's name.  Click on the  links below to view; right-click on the link to save the image file.
Bill Stripling:
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: male
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: male
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: male
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: male
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: female

Bruce Reid:
 Davis House
 Family on Bridge
 Hummingbird Festival Trail Walk
 Harry the Hummingbird Mascot

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