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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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Counterfeit Aspects Hummingbird Feeders

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Counterfeit Alert: Beware! There are counterfeiters selling feeders that they claim are made by Aspects. The feeders look identical, but do not function identically. Be cautious when purchasing the feeder from Amazon as that is where the imitators are dropping their fraudulent product.  See How Amazon’s counterfeit problem reached a bird feeder manufacturer in Rhode Island

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Sugar prices to increase due to 2019 USA/ China tariffs?

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Those of you who are feeding their birds cane sugar/ sucrose may want to purchase a little extra. Sugar prices will surely be going up based on the USA/ China tariffs. Any sugar components sourced in China and used by USA sugar refiners will increase in price and you can bet that any domestically refined sugar will match the higher the higher tariff prices. I have not seen any reference to hummingbird feeders included in the tariffs. The United States Trade Representative released a list of everything that will be affected in the September 01 and December 15 tariffs These...

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Bats at Hummingbird Feeders

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Are your hummingbird feeders being drained at night? Great, you are indeed helping endangered species. Most of Arizona's 28 bat species eat insects, but the federally endangered Lesser long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), and the Arizona species of concern Mexican long-tongued bats (Choeronycteris mexicana), drink nectar from hummingbird feeders, and also eat pollen and fruits from plants such as the saguaro and agave. The bats migrate north from Mexico and arrive in southern Arizona as the Saguaro cactus and agave begin to bloom, traveling throughout southern Arizona and then they return south in the fall. In the fall I usually remove...

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