Anna’s Hummingbird photo by Lisa Meyers Swanson
Cathedral Rock photo by Beth Kingsley Hawkins
Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations
Each year the Sedona Hummingbird Festival has featured hummingbird banding demonstrations led by a team of licensed master hummingbird banders. Hummingbirds are carefully caught and fitted with a tiny, uniquely numbered band around the leg. The birds are examined, measured, and released unharmed. The data collected is submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This data is a permanent record available to other researchers.
The hummingbird band weighing about six ten-thousandths of a gram, individualizes a bird, much like a social security number. Whenever a bird is re-encountered it can provide researchers information about the population, site fidelity, migration, and longevity.
Since 2012, banding at the Sedona Hummingbird Festival has given a good picture of the resident and migrant hummingbirds in Sedona. Visitors may see Anna’s, Black-chinned, Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Calliope Hummingbirds. More rare species such as Costa’s, Rivoli’s and Broad-billed Hummingbirds might also be seen.
Our dedicated and longtime hummingbird banding site hosts provide an array of hummingbird nectar plants and feeders to attract hundreds of hummingbirds daily. This is a wonderful opportunity to see an abundance of hummingbirds up close, doing what hummingbirds do as they compete for food in a natural environment. A careful observer may see hummingbirds catching insects, feeding from flowers and then jockeying for space at feeders, all in a matter of moments.
Banding Demonstrations Dates & Times:
Friday, July 29 – 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Armstrong Home
Saturday, July 30 – 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Hemingway Home
Sunday, July 31 – 7 a.m. -11 a.m. – Hemingway Home
Locations and directions will be provided upon registration.
Led by Steve Bouricius, this year’s team of professional master hummingbird banders/researchers will include:
Deb Bouricius; Peaceful Valley, Colorado
Lanny Chambers; Fenton, Missouri
Scott Rashid; Estes Park, Colorado
Tom Wood and Sheri Williamson; Bisbee, Arizona