Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Perhaps the most basic activity a class or individual can conduct is to hang a feeder for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris). Many classrooms are situated so that it is possible to hang a hummingbird feeder where it is visible from within the classroom itself. Ideally, the feeder should be just outside the window so the teacher can monitor hummingbird activity during lecture or lab. When a bird is sighted at the feeder, the teacher can instruct several students to move to the window for a closer look.

A second scenario involves hanging the feeder in a courtyard or elsewhere on campus where a class can convene outside to wait for hummingbird activity. This location might be in the middle of the school Hummingbird Habitat, or merely in an out-of-the-way place where hummingbirds are likely to find the feeder.

After the feeder is hung at school, students may wish to move on to making Basic Observations. Students should also be encouraged to hang hummingbird feeders at home and to report to the class about activity they observe there.

Information about selecting and maintaining feeders is in the section on Hummingbird Feeders.

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