Welcome to the International Hummingbird Society. Our mission: teaching about hummingbirds and working internationally to protect them. Please explore our website to learn more about the Society and about hummingbirds in general.
We host the premiere hummingbird festival in the United States, held annually the last weekend in July in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Presentations from the 2023 and 2022 Sedona Hummingbird Festival are available to members. In addition to having access to these video presentations, members help us carry on our very important work on behalf of hummingbirds everywhere. Please click on the membership tab above to learn more and join us!
Sedona Hummingbird Festival Video - Bob Coates
Enjoy this fantastic video from Bob Coates, a phenomenal photographer and videographer who filmed the many aspects of the 2022 Sedona Hummingbird Festival. Click on this video to see it on his YouTube page. You can also visit his website HERE
Teaching about hummingbirds and working internationally to protect them.
The hummingbird is a tiny but powerful voice for conservation. Through our love and action, the Society strives to teach about and protect these tiny vulnerable treasures, so they will thrive and continue to delight us with their luminous colors and acrobatic displays.
Our three-day festival is bountiful in education. Presentations by world experts, demonstrations of hummingbird bandings, and hummingbird garden tours all offer a wealth of ideas and information for you take home. The festival's Hummingbird Marketplace is sure to delight those looking for treasures.
©Lisa Meyers Swanson
The Hummingbird Whisperer
After the Sedona Hummingbird Festival ended on July 30th 2023, we kept the feeders going at the entrance to the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) on the grounds of Sedona Red Rock High School.
We chose to do this in order to support the Rufous, Anna's, and Black-chinned hummingbirds that were passing through on their fall migration journey. Numerous hummingbirds have been visiting the feeders, and those numbers have increased during the last month.
Students, school staff, and people attending events at the SPAC have been in awe of the variety and amount of hummingbirds they can enjoy, thanks to the International Hummingbird Society and our outstanding feeder volunteer, Whitney Morejon.
New Conservation Project for the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird
Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird - Max Waugh
Since 2004, American Bird Conservancy and its partner Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) have been working in the Amazonas region of northern Peru to protect threatened bird species through land protection and habitat restoration. The Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva Private Conservation Area and Conservation Concession protects nearly 25,000 acres of moist montane forest for species such as the Vulnerable Long-whiskered Owlet and Endangered Ochre-fronted Antpitta. The Huembo Reserve is a 95-acre easement established specifically to protect a small, but important, population of the Endangered Marvelous Spatuletail, arguably the world’s most spectacular hummingbird. We have restored over 2,000 acres through the planting of over 1.3 million trees to benefit resident species and overwintering neotropical migrants, restoring both native forests and creating agricultural landscapes that are friendly to birds and local livelihoods.
We are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to protect species that are poorly represented in protected areas, and such an opportunity exists now in the Comunidad Campesina de Cuispes where the community has expressed an interest in protecting 1,100 acres in the headwaters of the spectacular Yumbilla (2,938 feet, world’s fifth tallest) and Chinata (1,914 feet) waterfalls. This is an important tract of habitat for the Marvelous Spatuletail which is restricted to the eastern slopes of the Utcubamba River valley and numbers fewer than 1,000 individuals. If protected, this would constitute the largest area of protected habitat for the species. The mechanism for protection will be the creation of a Private Conservation Area (PCA), which will be owned and managed by the community. ECOAN will work with the community to host a series of workshops to socialize the concept of the protected area and the community’s responsibilities and assist the community in preparing the necessary documents to secure recognition of the site as a protected area by the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP), the federal agency in charge of the nation’s protected areas. Once it is designated as a PCA, it will become a part of the national system of protected areas. ECOAN will be in a position to initiate this process in Cuispes in the first half of 2023. It will require three years to obtain the decree from SERNANP.
International Hummingbird Society contributions will go towards establishing this new reserve for the Marvelous Spatuletail.
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