Dear Mom

Low Hummingbird Survival Rates

The next time you see a hummingbird you may want to admire it not only for its beauty but also for its ability to survive against the odds. Here’s why.
According to a study conducted by the Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania, the average annual survivorship of male hummingbirds is 31 percent for males and 42 percent for females.
Does this surprise you as much as it does me? I’m sure it would have astonished my mom. I’m certain she would have been asking what can be done to improve those low statistics. While I have no answer in regard to that issue, it doesn’t mean I don’t want them to improve and it certainly gives me reason to admire the hummingbirds even more then I already do.

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