Anna’s Hummingbird Study Results, December 2013

By Jenn Jarstad, MS Candidate

Hello Anna’s Hummingbird Fans:

As promised, here are some brief results from the study of Anna’s hummingbirds (Calypte anna) that we all conducted over the past 2 months.  I am indebted with gratitude for the success of this project, and owe it to you all for participating, as well as Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO) for hosting the study on their website, and to Tweeters for allowing me to post requests.

The impetus behind this project was to engage the greater Puget Sound community in a hummingbird habitat advocacy project.  The project was initially directed toward Puget Sound residents; however, it soon grew to include all of Western Washington, and eventually the entire state of Washington, driven by interest of participants from various parts of the state.

The project was broken down into three segments, the first of which began with a survey to determine whom (if anyone) was interested in attracting hummingbirds to our area, and just how much participants knew about the Anna’s hummingbird, how much they wanted to learn, and finally, how many were interested in participating in a study to document the presence of the Anna’s hummingbird in our region as we entered into the late fall.  The second portion of the project included writing up an educational document based on the results of the first survey, and making it available to interested participants.  This was sent out via the Internet (hosted by PSBO) along with an invitation to participate in journaling Anna’s hummingbird observations over the following six week period.  The final phase included a follow-up survey to find out what (if anything) had changed in the way of Anna’s hummingbird observations since prior to commencement of the project.

Click here to see the results of the study Annas Hummingbird FINAL results.

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