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The Hummingbird Project

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Adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting
a Trumpet Creeper blossom

In October 1999, Hilton Pond Center unveiled Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project, a cross-disciplinary international initiative in which students, teachers, and others collaborate to study behavior and distribution of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris). Participants live in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama)--countries in which this bird regularly occurs.

Because Ruby-throated Hummingbirds typically tolerate people and are even drawn to flower gardens and hummingbird feeders we provide, they are an ideal subject for natural history observation and research by students and adults of all ages.

Participants in Operation RubyThroat is linked via the Internet and World Wide Web and especially through the project's website, which averages up to 100 main page hits each day.

Operation RubyThroat was field tested in the 2000-2001 academic year and was implemented in stages. Year One (2001-2002) primarily involved teachers and students in the Carolinas and New York. Year Two (2002-2003) expanded to the District of Columbia and all 38 states within the breeding range of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. In Year Three (2003-2004) the project became international by including Canada, Mexico, and the Central American countries.

Click on the logo below to go to the
Operation RubyThroat Home Page.

Go to 2000-2001 Operation RubyThroat Field Test

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Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is a non-profit research & education organization in York, South Carolina USA; phone (803) 684-5852. Directed by Bill Hilton Jr., aka The Piedmont Naturalist, it is the parent organization for Operation RubyThroat. Contents of this website--including articles and photos--may NOT be duplicated, modified, or used in any way except with the express written permission of Hilton Pond Center. All rights reserved worldwide. To obtain permission for use or for further assistance on accessing this Web site, contact the Webmaster.