In the 1800’s the Ruby-throated hummingbird was hunted for its bright red feathers and also collected due to its small size. Today this is a very common species of hummingbird which today enjoys a large population of approximately 7,300,000. This is probably due to the fact it is protected from harvest through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act between the United States and Canada. They are also protected by Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Through all of these efforts and through maintaining and protecting habitats and nectar plants along the migration route of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird this species should maintain a healthy population well into the future.