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Hummingbirds Need Help In Texas Drought

HARLINGEN (AP) – Experts say the Texas drought has left behind parched conditions that could threaten hundreds of thousands of migrating hummingbirds.

The Valley Morning Star reported Sunday that conservationists are urging people to put out stocked hummingbird feeders.

Mark Klym, who co-wrote the book “Hummingbirds of Texas,” says the drought has reduced the number of flowers that provide nectar and nutrition for the birds. He says at least 18 species of hummingbirds are expected to migrate through Texas, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.

Norma Friedrich with the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society says maintaining a supply of food and water, during the September and October migration time, will help hummingbirds survive.

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One Comment

  1. C Bauer says:

    Won’t SOMEBODY think of the HUMMINGBIRDS?!?!

  2. ChuckZ says:

    We have a feeder out for hummingbirds. They are amazingly fast and fun to watch. Just make some sugar water.

  3. Ms. M says:

    This drought has been detrimental to the entire insect and wildlife population. I regularly feed the birds and put out fresh water for them and I’ve noticed some of the birds actually spend the day standing in the birdbath. I also noticed the lack of hummingbirds in August when they usually migrate through North Texas. The only good thing about the drought this year was the lack of mosquitoes, flies and other pesky insects. But I’m sure somewhere in the animal kingdom, the lack of these pesky insects will have a consequential effect. Thank goodness the unusually high temps are winding down.

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