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We Love Hummingbirds!
Everyone does, or at least it seems that way. And it is easy to understand, because no other bird or animal has the charisma of a hummingbird:
- Flashing, colorful beauty!
- Unmatched flight abilities, including hovering and flying backwards
- Unafraid to approach us and enter into relationship with us
On the one hand, hummingbirds appear tiny and delicate: the average hummer weights only about 1/10 ounce (3-4 grams). Yet they are hardy and resilient: some species annually migrate as much as 3,000 miles each way.
Even though resilient, they do face problems: 34 of the 338 known species have been designated at risk of extinction by BirdLife International.
In deciding how the Hummingbird Society could help the plight of tiny, endangered hummingbirds, we followed the words of the Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum, who is quoted as saying:
"In the end, we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught."
The Hummingbird Society was created in 1996 as a nonprofit* organization to help people understand and appreciate hummingbirds and to provide a channel to help save the ones that are endangered.That sums it up well for the purpose of the Hummingbird Society's mission: teach people about hummingbirds, and they will understand them better; and from that understanding and caring, will come support for their protection.
You can do your part by becoming a member of the Hummingbird Society, for only $30 (tax-deductible, too), or by making a donation.
* 501(c)(3); donations and memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Our nest webcam will not be active until and if nesting is resumed in 2014, probably after March 25.
Photo: Wally Nussbaumer