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H. Ross Hawkins, PhD

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H. Ross Hawkins, the founder and Executive Director of the Hummingbird Society, passed away on July 08, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona.Ross was tireless in educating the public about hummingbirds and protecting the endangered species for more than 30 years. I had the good fortune to work on his Hummingbird Society board for several years and it was truly enlightening.My prayers are with him, Beth, their family and all the members of the Hummingbird Society. B.S. - Chemistry, University of Tulsa (OK) Ph.D. - Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley) Research Scientist, E.I. du Pont de Nemours (9 yrs) Investment Advisor, Delta Financial...

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Bighorn Fire Evacuation

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NOTE: Due to our proximity to the Santa Catalina Mountains/ Coronado National Forest/ Bighorn wildfire and mandatory evacuation we were temporary closed ( and may soon be closed again). Orders may be delayed. But for now we thankfully are back to serve our hummingbirding customers. We were less than a mile from the approaching conflagration and if the winds had shifted we could have faced serious trouble. Our status was SET and we were packed and ready to GO in an instant. With the high 106 degree temperatures, low humidity and a strong 15 mph west wind the fire was persistent. The the...

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2020 Hummingbird Society Festival

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The 2020 Sedona Hummingbird Festival has been cancelled. IMPORTANT NEWS:     The Board of Directors has decided that the best course of action, in view of the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, is to cancel our Sedona Hummingbird Festival this year.     This was not an easy decision, but the health of our attendees, members, volunteers and staff that would be participating in the Festival are our first priority. The financial risk to the Society is also unknowable and potentially catastrophic.    We hope you will plan to attend our 2021 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, scheduled for July 30 - August 1! Tickets...

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Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered Black-breasted Puffleg in Ecuador

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Flitting through the mist in Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration program offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favorite flowers. Birdlife International article

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Hummingbirds' rainbow colors come from pancake-shaped structures in their feathers

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From Evolution © 2020 The Society for the Study of Evolution. Signal evolution and morphological complexity in hummingbirds  Chad M. Eliason, Rafael Maia, Juan L. Parra, Matthew D. Shawkey Hummingbirds are some of the most brightly-colored things in the entire world. Their iridescent feathers reflect light in a way that other birds can't match, and scientists weren't sure what made hummingbirds special. But a new study shows that while hummingbird feathers have the same basic makeup as other birds', the special shape of their pigment-containing structures enables them to reflect a rainbow of light. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/evo.13893

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