The Hummers Are Coming--and May Already Be In Your Backyard Celebrate the Annual Return of the Rufous Hummingbird and Help Them Survive the Harsh Spring
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rufous Hummingbird populations have dropped 60% since 1967. Unusual weather this year has encouraged some hummingbirds to migrate earlier than past years and they're arriving exhausted and hungry. What can be done right now to help them? Pollinator Queen, Noelle Meade-Izzi shares 5 tips on her website explaining how to attract and support hummingbirds, ( bee-nevolent.com ) and has a special offer for a limited time on her book: "The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart's Calling" which documents in 40 full-color photographs the life cycle of a hummingbird and what we can learn from these tiny jewels.
Meade-Izzi is passionate about all pollinators, but has a special place in her heart for hummingbirds. Her life changing one-to-one experience with a hummingbird propelled her on a journey of self-discovery. She watched and documented, in close-up photographs, the hummingbird Meade-Izzi named Artemis, build her nest, tend a tiny egg, hatch a nestling, and nurture the fledgling until they both flew away on the next step of their journey. And hummingbirds do journey. This time of year they:
- Double their weight preparing for the long migration north from Mexico and Panama.
- Travel over 2000 miles – one way. And then return on that same journey before winter.
- Lose more than half their body weight during the journey.
- At one point, they travel more than 500 miles in a single non-stop flight taking 18 – 22 hours.
- To protect the species, the males and females travel separately, staggering their departures, and the females are usually left alone to raise their offspring.
Meade-Izzi shares her concerns about the decline in hummingbird populations across North America through her appearances on radio and television programs, her Bee-nevolent website and her recent book, "The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart's Calling, documenting an intimate encounter with a hummingbird. The connection to this tiny creature transformed Meade-Izzi at a point in her life when she was suffering from economic loss and emotional stress due to the financial downturn and market crash in 2008. It calls to hummingbird lovers, photography lovers, nature lovers, spiritual seekers, children and anyone needing a bit of inspiration.
To celebrate the return of the hummers, Meade-Izzi offers a special promotion of her book:
Buy one "The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart's Calling" and get a second one free, for a limited time.
About Noelle Meade-Izzi:
Noelle Meade-Izzi is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, award-winning graphic designer and renowned Natu-journalist. She captures contemporary, visual reality with her camera and combines wildlife anecdotes and facts to encourage every person's potential to connect with and preserve nature. Her passion for nature and wildlife photography stems from her research and study of the wisdom of the animal world, animal symbolism and animal totems.
Through her work as a Natu-journalist, Meade-Izzi merges a form of nature photography with journalistic style to create imagery through both photos and colorful text to tell engaging stories about nature. Her commitment to nature goes well beyond her work as a Natu-journalist. She is leading a crusade to recognize and protect the four POWER POLLINATORS ---bees, birds, butterflies and bats. As the Pollinator Queen, she is a special advocate for the pollinators, offering advice on how to build a hummingbird-friendly backyard habitant, ways to "give back" to the bee nation, methods for protecting and supporting these essential creatures that are critical to our food chain. Learn more at Bee-nevolent.
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