first hummingbird monitoring session of 2018
Today we held our first hummingbird monitoring and banding session at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. It was an amazing early season session with 22 birds caught, recorded and released! We had six recaptures with two birds from 2017, three birds from 2016 and one bird from 2015. Overall the birds showed signs of good health - great body condition, healthy feathers and signs of breeding and also fat storage.
Grouse Mountain is part of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network of North American and is partaking in a long-term study to determine if the populations of Rufous hummingbird are declining and what we can do to help them.
Stop by our Hummingbird Garden anytime to check out these little beautiful fiesty birds in action!