How to Help Hummingbirds Migrate
The hummingbird is a bird of wonder, weighing less than an ounce and possessing a territorial nature with 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 weather conditions affecting 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 the Allen’s hummingbird and the Rufous hummingbird, 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, are being decreased.
Historically, these environmental shifts affecting bird migration factors 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 ideas on what you can do:
- PROVIDE FOOD: Continue feeding and growing flowers that attract your regular hummingbirds. Keep feeders clean to promote bird health.
- GET THE WORD OUT: Increase conservation efforts in your community to safeguard critical habitat.
- LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS: Work to curb greenhouse gas emissions by informing others and 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.
Hummingbirds and other migratory birds do not have to suffer from climate change affecting environmental conditions. We have the power to defy these effects.