Hummingbirds heading home to nature park

Richmond Nature Park is holding a Hummingbird Homecoming on Sunday in celebration of the rufous hummingbird’s return from California and Mexico.

A park interpreter will be stationed in the nature park’s wildlife garden to teach visitors how to identify the different species of hummingbirds in Richmond, how to attract them to your garden and to answer questions such as should you feed them throughout the year.

The rufous hummingbird can be identified as males with rusty orange colouring and a flashing red throat and females as a subdued green, which provides camouflage while sitting on their nests. This species returns to the Pacific Northwest each spring where a feast of insects and spring bloom nectar caters to their high energy needs. Baby Rufous Hummingbirds hatch in May, are fully grown by July and ready to head south in August.

The rufous hummingbirds reside along with the Anna’s hummingbird species that live in the park year round. Anna’s hummingbirds are slightly larger with iridescent emerald feathers and vivid purple throats.

Hummingbird Homecoming is open for all ages and admission is by donation, with proceeds supporting Richmond Nature Park’s educational programs. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

The park is located at 11851 Westminster Hwy.

For more information, call the Richmond Nature Park at 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.

Originally published in the Apr. 15, 2015 issue.

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Erin Boe is a journalism student at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.
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