Hummingbirds Need Help In Texas Drought

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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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