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Nov 17 2020

The Enigma Of Hummingbirds

By Jackie Brooks for The Island Connection

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are probably the most common hummingbird species in the world, but there is much to be learned about them, especially in regard to what they do the six months of the year when they’re not at our feeders and flowers in the Eastern United States.

Dr. Bill Hilton Jr., principal investigator for “Operation Ruby Throat: The Hummingbird Project,” is the only scientist studying these hummers on the other end of their migratory path in Central America. Dr. Hilton will share some of the exciting results of his expeditions to the neotropics on Zoom, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, courtesy of The Seabrook Island Birders.

Hilton was twice named South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year and was honored as the state’s Outstanding Biology Teacher. In December 2008, Discover magazine cited him as one of “50 Best Brains in Science” and one of 10 top amateur scientists in America. Based at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History in York, South Carolina, Hilton is a lifelong educator and naturalist. An

active field researcher, he has banded more than 71,000 birds of 127 species during 39 years at Hilton Pond. He is one of only about 200 people authorized to capture wild hummingbirds and has banded and released more than 6,600 ruby-throated hummingbirds at the Center since 1984, with 3,000-plus captured elsewhere.

You can register for this program about these amazing little birds that break all the rules at seabrookislandbirders.org. If you have any questions about the program or about the organization, email seabrookislandbirders@gmail.com.

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