Flying Jewels in the Garden: Hummingbirds

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     Mickey O’Connor, Avian Zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo, will discuss Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and their natural history on Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm at Evergreen Retirement Community, 1130 N. Westfield St., Oshkosh. She will relate her own experiences banding them, as well as provide information on how to attract these beautiful birds to your home environment.
     Hundreds of kinds of hummingbirds nest in the American tropics, and more than a dozen in the western U.S., but east of the Great Plains there is only the Ruby-throated. There it is fairly common in summer in open woods and gardens. Hovering in front of a flower to sip nectar, it beats its wings more than 50 times per second. Impressive migrants despite their small size, some Ruby-throats may travel from Canada to Costa Rica.

     Plant the right flowers and put out a nectar feeder to keep them coming to your backyard all summer long. To learn more, join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments and social time. The program will begin at 7:00 pm.
     This program is free and open to the public. It is co-hosted by Winnebago Audubon and Wild Ones Fox Valley Area.

Photo caption: Wisconsin is host to only one species of hummingbird, and that is the Ruby-throated. It is a jewel in the garden. Plant the right flowers and put out a nectar feeder to enjoy seeing them all summer long in your backyard. Learn about them on Nov. 21.

Photo by Paul Cannon/VIREO.

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Janet Wissink

Janet Wissink is currently president of Winnebago Audubon, chair of Oshkosh Bird Fest planning committee, and co-coordinator of Project SOAR (Snowy Owl Airport Rescue). She loves bird watching, prairies and exploring the natural world.

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