Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird migrates to the maritimes from as far as Panama. It is a very small creature making a very long journey so when it arrives, it arrives hungry. This showcases the importance of diversity in food sources in our forest. As a nectar drinking bird, notice its drinking-straw shaped beak, it needs early flowering plants such as American fly honeysuckle or Serviceberry. Shrubs like these are crucial to providing these adventurous birds with the nourishment they need for courtship and egg-laying.

With an incredibly fast metabolism, hummingbirds eat often during waking hours, while entering a torpid state at night to conserve energy. This can be confusing as the bird can seem sick or dead but it is an adaptation to their heightened metabolism.

These small birds can be aggressive, dive-bombing even owls if they find them roosting in their territory.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will