International Day for Biological Diversity & Hummingbirds

on May 22, 2023

Hummingbirds: Incredible Designers & Architects


On this International Day For Biological Diversity, we are delighted to see another precious Anna's hummingbird in her nest in our butterfly Garden.

The theme for todays International Day for Biological Diversity 2023 is “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity".

From birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and Invertebrates, we must take action to protect our wildlife. At this stage, we need transformative changes to save wildlife from extinction. Instead of destroying wildlife, we must learn from wildlife.

Today, we are happy to be sharing the photos and story of this precious Hummingbird who built her nest in our garden. It is fascinating how this tiny bird can design and build such an incredibly perfect nest. From nest beds, nest tree houses to nest lattices, architects from around the world have created architectural designs inspired by the hummingbirds nest.

Female Hummingbirds generally spend around 7 days collecting materials to build their nest. They collect material such as moss, plant fibers, feathers, and even spider silk. Each material they use has a specific purpose.

Hummingbirds: Incredible Designers & Architects


They weave the material into a cup and decorate it with moss and other materials for camouflage. It is amazing how they use spider silk to bind the nest together in order to give it elasticity to enlarge the nest as their babies grow.

Threats to Hummingbirds?

Habitat destruction, unleashed dogs, cats, pesticides, tree trimming, fungal infections as a result of hummingbird feeders. 

Why would a Hummingbird abandon her nest and how can you help save Hummingbirds?

Female hummingbirds can be shy and may abandon nests if they do not feel safe. If you see an active hummingbird nest, be sure to stay away from it and be very quiet when you walk by it. Also, dogs, cats, and crows can be a major threat and scare away hummingbirds. Avoid any form of tree trimming or construction in your garden during nesting season which is between March- June.

"When biodiversity has a problem, humanity has a problem" United Nations Biodiversity


Hummingbirds: Incredible Designers & Architects




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