How To Participate

Building Environmental Cooperation and Understanding
Throughout North and Central America


In Year One (2001-2002), Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project was incorporated as an organized classroom activity at U.S. schools, especially in South Carolina, North Carolina, and New York. Participants utilized some of the Projects & Activities described on this Operation RubyThroat website and provided feedback for improving, expanding, or supplementing the program. Activities were tied to curriculum goals and objectives in each school.

By Year Two (2002-2003), recruitment oncluded schools in the District of Columbia and all U.S. states in which the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) regularly occurs. See the range maps page for a description of the bird's winter and summer distribution. (Residents of other states or countries may wish to adapt Operation RubyThroat activities for use with hummingbird species found elsewhere.) Operation RubyThroat expanded internationally to include recruitment from schools in Canada, Mexico, and the seven Central American countries in Year Three (2003-2004).

Although formal recruitment followed the pattern described above, teachers and their classes, individual or home-schooled students, nature center personnel, scout leaders, and other adults from any state or country continue to join the project. For specific information on how to become involved with Operation RubyThroat, please select one of the options below.

NOTE: Individuals and groups not registered with Operation RubyThroat are always welcome to browse the website and submit observations or data via PROJECTS. However, they will not receive the additional benefits described at Teacher & Student Group, Other Leader, and Individual, or the satisfaction of knowing they are helping support the project.

All registration fees are used to underwrite the activities of Operation RubyThroat, including banding research on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.


Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project is affiliated with The GLOBE Program. If you are a GLOBE-certified educator, or if there is at least one GLOBE-certified teacher at your school or nature center, you are eligible to report hummingbird observations through Operation RubyThroat's protocols outlined on the GLOBE Web site. See Operation RubyThroat & GLOBE

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