by Susan Ballinger
Originally published on the Wenatchee Naturalist website.
April is Washington’s Native Plant Appreciation Month and the 2021 Theme is Native Pollinators Need Native Plants!
North Central Washington is on the map for migrating neotropical Rufous, Calliope, and Black-chinned hummingbirds, as they fly thousands of miles from their wintering habitats in the mountains of Western Mexico northward, as far north as southern Alaska. During migration they fly during the day, and use early mornings and late evenings to fuel up on nectar, insects, and sugar water in feeders. Abundant nectar-producing flowers on early-blooming native shrubs like Serviceberry and Currents offer critical calories that fuel long-distant flight….
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