Help track hummingbirds in your backyard
Audubon launches citizen science project around hummingbirds
As flowers bloom earlier because of changing temperatures, the impact on hummingbirds which rely on nectar could be severe. The National Audubon Society has launched, Hummingbirds at Home, a new citizen science project to document hummingbird sightings across the country, using a free mobile app that identifies bird species as well as the plants that feed them.
Starting this week, Hummingbirds at Home, will welcome observations from March to June each spring. The project joins Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count and the Great Backyard Bird Count as part of a plan to grow citizen science programs year-round.
“Every year, many hummingbird species make a remarkable journey north during springtime,” said Dr. Gary Langham, Chief Scientist for Audubon; “but will their arrival time be in sync with the blossoms?”
Dr. Langham says the new research will help Audubon focus its conservation efforts on where birds are most affected. Data will be shared with the Pollinator Partnership, who note that pollinators such as birds, bees and bats “are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food.”
Participants can get involved year round by making recommended changes to their local hummingbird habitats, plus take steps to stem the impact of Climate Change. “Increasingly people are seeing the impact of Climate Change in their own backyards, from early blossoms to extreme weather,” said Dr. Langham.