Ruby-throated Hummingbird


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
27
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
Aug
17
Sat
1:00 pm Volunteer Afternoon
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already
Aug
25
Sun
2:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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