Hummingbirds

HBRC Hummingbird banding started in July of 2007 by Federally licensed hummingbird bander and HBRC founder T. K. TolfordThe goal is to facilitate  training, education and research, by which we can expand our knowledge and understanding of hummingbirds in an effort to help ensure their preservation.

It is the goal and hope of HBRC through hummingbird banding research , and other passerine banding projects, to empower the public to contribute to the research. This research, in collaboration with other hummingbird banders, has the potential of creating invaluable data for birds that reside or pass through the Midwest and the eastern U.S.

The HBRC/Tri-state Hummingbird Study will focus much of it’s efforts towards educating the public to invite hummingbird banders to band hummingbirds that come to their feeders, learn about hummingbird banding and research, take steps to attract hummingbirds throughout the entire year, not just during spring, summer and fall.

This will provide potentially countless opportunities to compile much needed data on various hummingbirds and to see, band and identify other species that may occur in Winter after the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have migrated away.

Less than 200,000 hummingbirds have been banded in the U.S. and Canada since banding hummingbirds began in 1954. This provides far too little data to help us understand hummingbirds, how they live, survive, migrate, and behave. Over 1,000,000 songbirds and gamebirds have been banded annually for decades. Data from these bands have provided data used to encourage land management, hunting regulations, knowledge of survivorship of birds, health and causes of death, productivity and survivorship, to name a few.

Very little study has been completed on hummingbirds. HBRC will work collaboratively with as many federally licensed banders and researchers as possible to facilitate and conduct much needed hummingbird research. Several HBRC hummingbirdprojects/studies are currently under way and others are in proposal or development.