can plot these return trips and learn what it takes for hummingbirds
— and other "neotropical" migrants — to
complete this epic journey. As you do, we'll explore questions
like these: Why do hummingbirds risk this dangerous trip?
How fast and how far can they fly in a day? What do they need
to survive and how can we help them?
Hummingbirds are so light you could mail ten of these tiny
dynamos with just one stamp! Yet they manage to fly hundreds
— or even thousands — of miles fueled by the nectar
from blooming flowers. (Many even make the 20-hour trip over
the Gulf of Mexico without any food or rest!) They
migrate alone, yet many end up at the same exact feeders or
gardens where they spent last spring and summer. These remarkable
birds will appreciate your food and flowers to welcome them