How to Help Hummingbirds Migrate
The hummingbird is a bird of wonder. Despite weighing less than an ounce, these naturally territorial birds have the ability to chase larger birds, like hawks, away from their domain. But these colorful and ethereal birds are in trouble.
Hummingbirds and hundreds of other species of birds are becoming increasingly threatened due to environmental and climate conditions that affect migration. Climate change is becoming a more immediate problem than ever before, producing a shift in weather patterns and temperatures.
A seven-year study published by the National Audubon Society warns of the rising threat of climate change affecting bird migration factors. The study reports a significant northern shift of migratory patterns of 588 different species of North American birds due to climate change.
How do migration changes hurt hummingbirds?
Hummingbirds, specifically Allen’s hummingbirds and Rufous hummingbirds, and various other birds, may be classified as endangered, or threatened, due to loss of habitat and food. Because they are migrating further north, their opportunities to find food and other mating birds have decreased.
Historically, these environmental shifts affecting bird migration took tens of thousands of years, but similar results can be seen in the next century, according to David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, in an interview with NPR.
What can I do to help hummingbirds?
Hummingbirds — all birds, in fact — can benefit from your direct action. Here are a few steps you can take to help:
- Provide Food: Continue feeding and growing flowers that attract your regular hummingbirds. Options like our Top-Fill Hummingbird Feeders are easy for you to clean and fill, while also offering comfortable, bird-friendly ports! Also, keep feeders clean to promote bird health.
- Get the Word Out: Increase conservation efforts in your community to safeguard critical habitat. The more people working together, the better!
- Listen to Experts: Work to curb greenhouse gas emissions by informing others about their dangers and by contacting local decision-makers and politicians, as advised by the National Audubon Society.
- Preserve Coastal Habitats: This is crucial for sustained bird migration factors. Many birds travel across the Gulf of Mexico during hurricane season. These birds can make the 600-mile trip all at once if necessary, but if they fight unfavorable winds with no stopover areas or areas with little food supplies, they are might not survive. We can ensure that these birds survive migration by making certain that there are enough birds populating the area and plenty of bountiful land to feed, bathe, and mate.
Help the Hummingbirds
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