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11/17/2020 - 2021 Calendar is now available 

 

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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: 39 of the 365 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 $40 (tax-deductible, too), or by making a donation.

 

* 501(c)(3); donations and memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

** You can sign up for our free "Hummingbird Messenger" e-letter by clicking here.

In previous news:

05/25/20 7:50 pm MST: Matching Fund Campaign Succeeds, has now ended.

05/14/20 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! We are 24 years old today!

04/25/20 The 2020 Sedona Hummingbird Festival is cancelled.

The Board of Directors has decided that the best course of action, in view of the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, is to cancel our Sedona Hummingbird Festival this year. The possible financial impact could also put the future of the Society in jeopardy. This was not an easy decision, but the health of our attendees, members, volunteers and staff that would be participating in the Festival are our first priority. The financial risk to the Society is also unknowable and potentially catastrophic. We hope you will plan to attend our 2021 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, scheduled for July 30 – August 1! Tickets will go on sale April 1 of next year.

04/25/20 Our Matching Fund Campaign has exciting news! The maximum total available for matching has been raised from $6,000 to $11,000, thanks to additional donors who generously added to the pool. Because of this, the cutoff date has been extended to May 25; all qualifying donations will be matched 1-for-1! We still need lots of help to utilize the full $11,000 match (since raised to $12,000)!

04/16/20 Our e-newsletter, "The Hummingbird Messenger," is now posted on our website! Click here.

04/11/20 SOME EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD NEWS: Your qualifying donations between now and May 25 will be matched,1-for-1! For details, click here.

link to Sedona Hummingbird Festival











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