‘Hummingbirds and Gardens on the Olympic Peninsula’

  • Thu Feb 15th, 2018 6:38pm
  • News

Bogachiel Garden Club member Katie Krueger will offer a presentation about hummingbirds at the next garden club meeting Wednesday Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Forks Community Center, 94 Maple Ave.

Only two species are in western Washington: Rufous hummingbirds, Selasphorus rufus, are migratory and arrive around April or May. They leave in September. They follow the bloomtime of native plants from Central and South America to Washington State and beyond. Anna’s hummingbirds, Calypte annaover, winter in trees and shrubs in our region and are especially appreciative of winter feeding.

A hummingbird’s metabolism works so fast that it risks starvation on a nearly daily basis. Every single one is constantly looking for reliable food sources. Nectar, the sweet secretion from plants, contains sucrose, glucose and carbohydrates and provides the calories the birds need to survive. Spiders and insects make up the rest of their diet and provide protein and other nutrients.

Come learn more about hummingbirds and the meeting will also offer a potluck. Members, please bring a side dish and/or a bag of birdfeed for the Long Term Care facility. Everyone is invited to attend.