Hummingbirds at Chamizal
In 2008, Chamizal was involved the Hummingbird Monitoring Network. Park rangers, our summer Teacher-Ranger-Teacher, and volunteers gathered in the Spanish Garden to gather data on local and migratory hummingbirds. The birds were caught in nets as they came in to sip from our hummingbird feeders. With gentle handling by staff, they were weighed, measured, and banded. Each band has a unique number that will forever be associated with that bird. The information gathered is loaded into an international database for scientists to study and extrapolate information.
The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is "a science-based, project-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird diversity and abundance throughout the Americas." More information can be found on their website, www.hummonnet.org.
Visit our Photo Gallery to see Hummingbird Banding project.