Title: Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project
Grade Level: All
Source: GLOBE, Operation Ruby Throat
- Observe migratory, feeding, and nesting behavior of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archolochus colubris)
- Examine relationships between hummingbirds, native and non-native flowering plants, and other phenological events
- Determine local population densities of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
- Report sightings of hummingbirds that are color marked, with unusual plumage, or out-of-range
- Hummingbird Data Sheets
- GPS Data Sheet
- GPS Field Guide
- Calculator (optional)
- Hummingbird feeder and food (optional if
hummingbird ﬂowers are used)
- Hummingbird ﬂowers (optional if
hummingbird feeder is used)
- Pencils and pens
- Binoculars (optional)
- Bird identiﬁcation guide
- Wildﬂower identiﬁcation guide (optional)
- Cultivated ﬂower identiﬁcation guide
- GPS receiver (may be borrowed)
This is a series of activities covering all age groups (K-12). Due to the migratory nature of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, this activity might be easier for informal educational institutions.
The overall purpose of this project is to gather data on the seasonal behavior and feeding habits of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Students will learn how to identify the hummingbirds, and record data on migration timing, feeding habits, food choices, and breeding behavior. Activities vary in depth depending on the age of students.
Overall, students will learn about the relationships between hummingbirds and their environment.
MA: K-12 Scientific Inquiry Skills; K-8 Living Things and Their Environment; K-5 Characteristics of Living Things; 3-5 Structures and Functions; 6-8 Changes in Ecosystems over time, Energy and Living Things, Reproduction and Heredity; 9-12 Ecology.
ME: K-12 Skills and Traits of Scientific Inquiry, Understanding Inquiry, Biodiversity, Ecosystems; K-5 Heredity and Reproduction; 6-8 Constancy and Change.
RI: K-12: Cycles and Energy in Ecosystems, Change Over Time; K-8 Structures and Characteristics for Survival.
CT: K-12: Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Literacy; 1-3 Structure and Function; 4-6 Matter and Energy in Ecosystems; 10 Heredity and Evolution.
VT: K-12 Scientific Inquiry, Interdependence in Ecosystems, Classification of Living Things; K-4 Survival of Organisms; 1-4 Life Cycles and Reproduction.
NH: Science Process Skills, K-12; Life Sciences: K-12 Classification, Environment, Flow of Energy, Change; K-8 Living Things and Organization, Reproduction, Behavior.