Connecting to Children through Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Dixie Sommers

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Dixie Sommers

ASNV’s new Youth Education Committee has begun an effort to engage with clubs and groups that introduce children to nature through outdoor education.  4-H Clubs, which are grounded in the ideal that strong minds have strong values, work with children in the areas of agriculture and conservation. 

Audubon member and Master Naturalist, Melanie La Force, was approached by a local 4-H Club that wanted a program on birds. Melanie developed an interactive presentation founded on National Audubon Society’s “Hummingbirds at Home” project but specifically geared for children. When asked, “Why hummingbirds?” She replied, “They are tiny but mighty.”

Child Sipping Nectar - Melanie La Force

Child Sipping Nectar - Melanie La Force

The presentation explained migration, provided photos and actual slow-motion videos of hummingbirds in flight, feeding, nesting and fledging.  A science experiment conducted at UC Berkeley which determined how hummingbirds fly was also presented.  To understand how hummingbirds sip nectar, children had a chance to sip “nectar” from a swinging cup.  The children also learned about care of feeders, native plants and the importance of gardens in attracting hummingbirds at home. 

To arrange for an ASNV program with your youth group, contact Youth Education Committee Chair, Mary McLean

For information about developing hummingbird friendly habitat visit ASNV’s Audubon at Home program here.

Learn more about National Audubon Society’s “Hummingbirds at Home” here.