The Sierra Foothills is a hotspot for viewing hummingbirds year round, rivaling those popular birding areas in southeastern Arizona. For one local couple, the notion of viewing hummingbirds has been taken one step further. Barbara and Duane Robinson operate an official banding and monitoring site for the Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN) - a science based program dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird diversity and abundance through the New World. Since they joined the Network in 2004, they have captured and banded more hummingbirds than any of the other 30-plus sites in the Network. They now have over 10,000 records in their database. From the data collected thus far, it appears that the “foothills” may be an “understudied” migration corridor for several species of hummingbirds. There are at least 6 species that pass through, in numbers far greater than ever previously recorded.
Visitors can witness first hand the process of capturing and banding these amazing creatures. Please call to schedule a time to drop by during an early-morning session. There are sessions once every other week from March through October - only 17 sessions a year. For more information please visit www.indianpeakranch.com. You can also visit www.HumMonNet.org for additional information about the Hummingbird Monitoring Network.