Jeff Babson

Jeff Babson,

Pima County Natural Resources,

Parks, and Recreation,

and Sky Island Tours

Wednesday, January 20, 2021,

2:30 to 3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

Hummingbirds delight birders and non-birders alike with their brilliant colors, unparalleled flight abilities, and cheeky personalities.  We are fortunate to live in Southeastern Arizona, as the region is the hummingbird capital of North America.  One of the draws for visiting birders is the chance to see the many species that occur here.  In this presentation, Jeff Babson returns to ASA to explore southern Arizona’s hummingbird diversity, with tips on how to identify different species.  He will also instruct us on feeding hummingbirds, including the correct mix for sugar water, how to tackle the bee problem, and more.  Jeff will also explore some plants to add to your landscaping that will attract hummingbirds.

Female Costa’s Hummingbird in Academy Village (Photo credit: Bev Robertson)

Fifteen species of hummingbirds have been seen over the years in Southeastern Arizona, with the highest counts occurring during fall migration, from mid-August to mid-September. Birders come from all over the world to hummingbird “hot spots” in Sierra Vista and Patagonia to observe and photograph these tiny birds. Here in Academy Village we regularly host five species that residents have observed coming to their feeders. 

Jeff Babson owns Sky Island Tours, a birding and eco-tour company that also conducts environmental education programs on a wide range of subjects.  He leads local full-day and half-day trips throughout southern Arizona as well as trips to the Salton Sea in southern California. In addition he is Wildlife Viewing Program Specialist for the Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, where he leads bird walks, bat programs, dragonfly and butterfly walks, and online environmental education programs.

Written by Beverley Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer

*To join the Zoom Webinar, please write info@arizonasenioracademy.org.

 

Jan 20: Hummingbirds