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2022 "Dance of Love" calendar is now available to pre-order

 2021 Calendar is still available at a discounted price

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

We are celebrating 25 years on May 14, 2021

We Love Hummingbirds!

Everyone does, or at least it seems that way. And it is easy to understand, because no other bird or animal has the charisma of a hummingbird:

  • Flashing, colorful beauty!

  • Unmatched flight abilities, including hovering and flying backwards

  • Unafraid to approach us and enter into relationship with us

On the one hand, hummingbirds appear tiny and delicate: the average hummer weights only about 1/10 ounce (3-4 grams). Yet they are hardy and resilient: some species annually migrate as much as 3,000 miles each way.

Even though resilient, they do face problems: 39 of the 365 known species have been designated at risk of extinction by BirdLife International.

In deciding how the Hummingbird Society could help the plight of tiny, endangered hummingbirds, we followed the words of the Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum, who is quoted as saying:

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught."

The Hummingbird Society was created in 1996 as a nonprofit* organization to help people understand and appreciate hummingbirds and to provide a channel to help save the ones that are endangered.That sums it up well for the purpose of the Hummingbird Society's mission: teach people about hummingbirds, and they will understand them better; and from that understanding and caring, will come support for their protection.

You can do your part by becoming a member of the Hummingbird Society, for only $40 (tax-deductible, too), or by making a donation.

Sad News

The passing of our founder Dr. H. Ross Hawkins on July 9, 2020, left some big shoes to fill at the Hummingbird Society. Ross left a successful career in finance to start the Hummingbird Society in 1996. When he realized that 10% of the 368 known species of hummingbirds were at risk of extinction, it motivated him to act. Ross fervently believed that in  order to protect these tiny flying jewels, people needed to learn about them. And so he founded the Hummingbird Society in order to teach people about how important a part of the ecological fabric of life hummingbirds really are, and from that time on, he devoted the rest of his life to doing just that. He is greatly missed as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes that we have received in his memory. We are so grateful for the love and support you have all shown us during this tender time.

 


Good and New!

It is with great honor that the Hummingbird Society's Board of Directors is sharing that Beth Kingsley Hawkins, Ross' wife and partner in life, will lead the Society in the interim as the Board sets the direction for the Hummingbird Society's next chapter. We could not be more pleased at this turn of events and we believe there is no one better to convey the intention and heart of the Hummingbird Society as it faces the future. We believe that the mission of the Society is of even greater importance as hummingbirds and all living creatures face the changes and challenges wrought by climate change and human development.

Please reach out and share your thoughts with Beth. Her email address is hummerlady@hummerlady.com. We appreciate your continued support as we navigate new opportunities for the Hummingbird Society

 

* 501(c)(3); donations and memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

** You can sign up for our free "Hummingbird Messenger" e-letter by clicking here.


04/16/20 Our e-newsletter, "The Hummingbird Messenger," is now posted on our website! Click here.

03/09/2021 - The 2021 Sedona Hummingbird Festival will not be held this year. We have been unable to plan for it due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

The Board of Directors has decided that the best course of action, in view of the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, is to cancel our Sedona Hummingbird Festival this year. The possible financial impact could also put the future of the Society in jeopardy. This was not an easy decision, but the health of our attendees, members, volunteers and staff that would be participating in the Festival are our first priority. The financial risk to the Society is also unknowable and potentially catastrophic.

We hope you will plan to attend our 2022 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, scheduled for July 29th – July 31st! Tickets will go on sale April 1 of next year.

 

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link to Sedona Hummingbird Festival









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