Activities in this section provide basic introduction to the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) and its natural history. Although some of the activities are designed for young students (Kindergarten through Grade 3), some are adaptable for adults and students of any age. Basic Activities are typically short-term endeavors that may take only one day or class period; some, however, can be on-going and include components that occur at regular intervals during the academic year.

NOTE: Teachers and their student groups, individual students, and others who are registered participants with Operation RubyThroat get priority attention to all requests for information and assistance. To register, see How to Participate.

GROUP A: Interacting with Hummingbirds

Activity #1: Hang a Hummingbird Feeder at your classroom or kitchen window or within your Hummingbird Garden.

Activity #2: Plant a Hummingbird Garden
on your school grounds or homesite.

Activity #3: "Happier Than a Hummingbird"
is a lesson to explain how hummers feed and on what.

GROUP B: Puzzles, Quizzes, Coloring Pages, etc.

NOTE: Please send descriptions and results (including photos) from your successful basic activities to Operation RubyThroat via PROJECTS.

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