Hummingbirds of Arizona topic of next Thursday Talks – May 10


Linda Shannon-Hills

We invite you to attend a talk on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. sponsored by Thursday Talks. Our speaker is Craig Anderson. Craig is a member of the Audubon Arizona and a special IBA volunteer and spoke last year about his “Big Year” in 2016. Craig is dedicated to studying bird species across a wide range of habitats in Arizona. He is a resident of Oracle, Arizona.

Join Craig Anderson as he presents fascinating facts about one of the avian world’s most spectacular tiny but mighty flyers. Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. They have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only and are not used for hopping or walking. Learn more about how they are able to perform such acrobatic flight behaviors as well as other behaviors we know so little.

Thursday Talks on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in La Mesa/Montana Rooms at La Hacienda Clubhouse.