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Hummingbirds at Home

A National Audubon project sponsored locally by

Napa Valley CanDo and Napa-Solano Audubon.


Did you know?

  • A newborn hummingbird is about the size of a honeybee and their eggs are the size of small beans.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico –500 miles!
  • Flowers are blooming earlier along hummingbirds' migration routes, perhaps disrupting their breeding cycle.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of all birds, including hummingbirds will not live to see their first birthday. 
  • Hummingbirds are very imortant pollinators, especially of wildflowers. 

Everybody loves hummingbirds, and now you can help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting their migration and breeding habits.


What’s a “Citizen Scientist”?

People just like you all around the country will provide water and food for the hummingbirds, monitor their visits, note what they see, and then report their sightings. Audubon researchers will use all the information they gather from citizen scientists to further their understanding of these important birds.


Want to get started?

Go to http://www.hummingbirdsathome.org/ and watch the short video that introduces the project. There you can sign up and receive a free ‘app’ for your smart phone, or you can report your sightings right on the website.