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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2018
Contact: Matt Griffiths
520 971-7924
mgriffiths@tucsonaudubon.org

Hummingbirds need Arizonans’ help during periods of extreme heat

Metro Tucson, July 23, 2018
Tucson Audubon Society cautions hummingbird lovers that standard feeding practices will be inadequate during a period of extreme temperatures forecasted for the coming week.

“Arizona residents benefit from attracting and viewing a variety of hummingbird species around homes and businesses. When it’s very hot, though, offering pure water in tandem with nectar will keep them safe from dehydration,” says Tucson Audubon Society’s Director of Conservation and Research, Jonathan Horst.

If you maintain hummingbird feeders, Horst recommends the following steps to ensure the safety of hummingbirds when temperatures are predicted to be 110 degrees and higher:

  1. Place a second feeder containing only clean water adjacent to an existing feeder containing the standard 4:1 sugar-water solution (4 parts water to 1 part white table sugar). The birds will identify which feeder contains nectar and which contains only water. Pure water will help hummingbirds stay hydrated.
  2. Maintain your regular hummingbird feeder daily, keeping them filled with fresh nectar. High temperatures will spoil and evaporate sugar water. If possible, place your feeders in the shade. Never provide nectar that contains red dye or artificial ingredients.

Tucson residents can learn more about Arizona’s hummingbirds at the upcoming Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, August 8—12, which features a free nature expo and activities for kids. For information, visit tucsonaudubon.org or contact Tucson Audubon Society via info@tucsonaudubon.org.

About Tucson Audubon Society
Founded in 1949, Tucson Audubon Society (TAS) is southeast Arizona’s leading non-profit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats. The organization involves people through recreational birding, extending their horizons through education activities, and engaging them in conservation actions from planting trees and counting birds, to working with local, state, and national policy makers. TAS owns and manages the Paton Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia, Arizona.

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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

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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

color_square_face_right

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