14th Year of monitoring
On Thursday June 13th we held our first hummingbird banding and monitoring session of 2019. This marks our 14th year of running this project on Grouse Mt.
Hummingbird numbers have been in decline and very few studies were being carried out as to why and what possible causes could be contributing. Grouse Mountain teamed up with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network out of Arizona to provide data on what species and numbers are using our mountain top to feed and breed.
We've had some fantastic data over the years including recaptures from other areas of British Columbia where other banding stations are monitoring birds. We've also recaptured a bird that had been previously banded 8 years earlier - adding to our longevity information on hummingbirds.
Our sub-alpine environment provides critical data on the importance of migration stop over points and the overall health of the birds that we are seeing at our station.