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Pima County proclaims 2017 the Year of the Hummingbird!

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias presents Tucson Audubon Board Member Matt Bailey with the official proclamation, March 21, 2017

Tucson Audubon’s Year of the Hummingbird – 2017

Nothing says Tucson Magic quite like our Hummingbirds! What other American city of our size can claim such a wealth of hummingbird species—and in such high numbers? They zip and whirr through our desert backyards, our parks and our gardens. They dazzle us with color and aeronautic tricks. 2017 is our year to celebrate, support, and explore them together.

Below, find out about Hummingbird Hotspots, Citizen Science Hummingbird Blitzes, the HummerGo Passport, a Year of Hummer Fun and so much more!


Hummingbird Hotspots!

Create a Hummingbird Hotspot by providing food for hummingbirds. It can be large or small and include nectar-producing plants, a hummingbird feeder, or both. Join our Habitat at Home program and take your garden to the next level!

  • Hummingbird Plants and Gardens–Chuparosa, Baja Fairy Duster, Penstemon, and Autumn Sage are all great choices that are easy to grow and do well in Tucson soils. Learn which plants hummingbirds love and how to start or improve your garden with our Habitat at Home program.
  • Hummingbird Feeders–Choose a feeder that is easy to clean regularly. Fill it with homemade nectar and place in shade. Feeders must be kept clean and nectar must be changed regularly.

Learn more about hotspots and feeders.

Citizen Science — Contribute to local science by participating!

  • 5 Minute Hotspot Watches–Watch, listen, and track your hotspot hummers on a notepad, the free eBird app on your mobile, or with our printable data sheet.
  • Hummingbird Blitzes–Help us understand where the hummingbirds are! Which live in the urban core, in the washes and Sky Island foothills? On Blitz Days we will be identifying hummingbirds are over southeast Arizona.

Learn more about how to contribute to our Year of the Hummingbird citizen science activities

Mark your calendar with the Blitz dates: Feb. 18, April 29, May 13, Aug. 12, Nov. 28

Our Tucson Meet Your Hummingbirds I.D. Chart

The chartwill help you identify which hummingbirds are visiting your hotspot. Print out the Chart PDF to help you ID the five most common species that can be found in Tucson!


Southeast Arizona HummerGO! Passport

Locate all ten hummingbird species and submit your completed passport to the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop by mail or in person for a chance to win a pair of binoculars. Print out the Passport PDF and GO! find the hummingbirds of southeast Arizona!

Year of the Hummingbird FUN!

You’ll have plenty of chances to inspire others with your passion for hummingbirds all year! Find out about our Photo, Art and Writing Contests, hummingbird events and how you can participate via social media.

See the winning images from our Year of the Hummingbird Photo Contest! Details here.

Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds

The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the special birds of southeast Arizona. It is dedicated to the celebration and conservation of hummingbirds—and all of southeast Arizona’s astounding biodiversity—through recreation, education, and sustainable living.
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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447