Hummingbird Tips from Tana Beasley, Expert

Hummingbird expert, Tana Beasley, joined Tom Nichols on the Ask Your Neighbor program,

Wednesday, March 28th.  Beasley is an education specialist with the Arkansas Game & Fish

Commission and works at the Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Casscoe, Arkansas.  

As per numerous listener requests, KVRE has provided for your listening pleasure, the complete

interview with loads of Hummingbird facts and interesting information.    Thank you, Tana, for a

remarkable wealth of information.

The Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook's Lake, office hours are 8am-4:40pm

Tuesday-Saturday.  The following Hummingbird Banding Presentation schedule is:  

May 19 (full)  June 2nd & 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1     

Presentation is indoor and will include a video and banding demonstration.  Some participants

will be asked to release a hummingbird. Bring a sack lunch and drinks.  Held 11am - 2pm   

To register: call 870.241.3373
Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook's Lake, 625 Cooks Lake Road, Casscoe, AR  72026, 870.241.3373,

  • Female Ruby throats are larger than males.
  • They average about 3.5 inches from tip of bill to tip of tail.
  • They weigh about as much as three paper clips or a penny.
  • Their wings beat 60-80 times per second.
  • They normally fly about 25 miles per hour, but can go up to 50 mph in an escape dive.
  • They can fly forward. backward, sideways, upside down, or hover.
  • They make the non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico twice a year, and fly up to 1 .000 miles round trip.
  • Their heart beats around 250 times per minute at rest and around 1,260 times per minute while flying.
  • They breathe about 250 times per minute
  • In a state of "hibernation" called torpor, they can lower their heart beat to 45 times per minute and lower their body temperature to around 45 degrees. Their normal body temperature is around 105- 108 degrees.
  • Their nest is about the size of a ping pong ball.
  • They lay two eggs that normally hatch within 15-18 days depending on outside temperature. The young leave the nest in about three and a half weeks.
  • About 80 percent of hatchlings do not live to be adults; too many predators. Those that do live to adulthood have a life span of 3-9 years under normal conditions.
  • A hummingbird's diet consists of about equal parts of nectar and insects.
  • The nectar ratio in feeders should always be one part table sugar to four parts tap water
  • Clean your feeder at least every three days with a mixture of 1/., cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Rinse well.

  • Marty Haggard Interview38:09
  • Tribute to Terry Wallace50:05

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Tiny Hummingbird bands compared with a penny