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National Hummingbird Day

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National Hummingbird Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in September every year and this year it falls on September 2.

National Hummingbird Day is a celebration dedicated to these mesmerizing and vibrant birds. It is observed on the first Saturday in September each year in the United States. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of hummingbirds in the ecosystem and to promote their conservation.

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History of National Hummingbird Day

National Hummingbird Day began in the US to raise awareness and conserve these small, beautiful birds. It was proposed by scientist Nelson Newman in 1988, who founded the National Hummingbird Day Foundation and established September 1st as the official day in 1989.

Since then, events such as hummingbird viewing and educational activities have been held annually on the first Saturday in September to promote understanding and conservation of hummingbirds.

What to Know About Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. According to the International Ornithological Committee, there are 362 hummingbird species, two of which are extinct. Hummingbirds are very adaptive pollinators, which makes them very important to their ecosystems. Three quarters of the world's flowers rely on pollinators such as hummingbirds, insects and bats for pollination! Join us to learn more about these incredible little birds, how we support our winged friends, and even make your own hummingbird feeder!

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  • Of the 338 known hummingbird species, all can be found exclusively in the Americas; 16 are found in the United States; and 3 occur in Florida!
  • Hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 200 times per second, creating the humming sound that gave them their name.
  • Hummingbirds can suspend their bodies in midair, fly backwards, upwards, and even upside-down, much like helicopters.
  • Most hummingbirds will pollinate and feed from a wide variety of flowers, but they are mostly attracted to plants that produce:
    1. Large amounts of nectar with substantial sugar content to sustain their high-speed habits.
    2. Red and orange flowers or bracts.
    3. Flowers that are long and tubular and point downward.
    4. Long stamen that deposit pollen on the hummingbird's forehead.

What Can We Do to Help Hummingbirds

  • More than half of the hummingbird species live in the tropics, so purchasing shade-grown coffee is an effective way to protect hummingbird habitats.
  • In Florida, hummingbirds nest spring through summer, so having lots of tubular flowering plants and hummingbird feeders is helpful!
  • When shopping for a hummingbird feeder, choose one with red fixtures, multiple feeding stations, and a means to monitor nectar levels. It’s best to clean your feeder once a week with hot water.
  • Petroleum jelly is an environmentally friendly way to deter pests such as ants from invading your feeder!
  • Hummingbird food sources can be implemented easily by providing sugar water in hummingbird feeders and planting flowers, such as:
    1. Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus and Callistemon viminalis)
    2. Cigar Flower (Russelia equisetiformis)Aquilegia_canadensis_Little_Lanterns
    3. Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
    4. Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea)
    5. Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
    6. Firebush (Hamelia patens)
    7. Firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis)
    8. Firespike (Odontonema cuspidatum)Monarda_punctata_var_punctata
    9. Horsemint (Monarda punctata)
    10. Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
    11. Scarlet Salvia (Salvia coccinea)Texas_Star_or_scarlet_rose_mallow_--_Hibiscus_coccineus
    12. Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana)
    13. Soap aloe (Aloe maculata)
    14. Starburst Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)
    15. Turk’s Cap Mallow (Malvaviscus penduliflorus and Malvaviscus arboreus)
    16. Swamp mallow (Hibiscus coccineus)

Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder

Constructing your own feeder can assist hummingbirds in adapting and thriving amidst our ever-changing world. Purchasing a hummingbird feeder is relatively inexpensive, but crafting your own requires minimal cost, making it a fantastic DIY project for kids. Additionally, there's the benefit of reusing old plastic or glass instead of acquiring new items. Here are simple steps to create your own hummingbird feeder:


  •  1 straw or tube (sterilize in boiling water first)
  •  1 food-safe caulk/sealant
  •  1 bottle with lid (sterilize in boiling water first)
  •  1 metal hanger (wire or string)
  •  1 cup of hummingbird nectar


  1. Prepare the Lid: Remove the lid from the water bottle and drill a hole in its center with a ⅛-inch drill bit.Prepare_the_Lid
  2. Insert Straw: Insert a straw or tube into the hole in the lid so that 4 inches of the inside of the lid remain.Insert_Straw
  3. Sealing the Lid: Seal both sides of the lid with a food-safe caulk/sealer and let dry. This may take up to a full day. Be careful not to add too much sealant to the inside of the cap; otherwise, you will have difficulty screwing the cap back onto the bottle.Sealing_the_Lid
  4. Prepare Your Hangers: Straighten the metal hangers. (You can cut off the hooks at the top if you wish.) Create a small hook on one end of the hanger.Prepare_Your_Hangers
  5. Attach the Hanger to the Bottle: Wrap the hanger around the center of the water bottle and twist the hook end over the rest of the hanger to tighten it.Attach_the_Hanger_to_the_Bottle
  6. Fill Bottles with Nectar: Fill bottles with hummingbird nectar (you can buy it at your local pet store or easily make your own) and tighten the caps.Fill_Bottles_with_Nectar
  7. Find a Home for Your Feeder: Use a hanger to hang the feeder in your favorite spot to let hummingbirds know dinner is ready.Find_a_Home_for_Your_Feeder

Making a hummingbird feeder is a fun and rewarding project to liven up your garden and attract lovely hummingbirds to feed.

Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

With a few easy steps, you can attract nectar-loving birds to your feeder. Help these busy foragers by offering homemade nectar, their favorite post-workout meal. By filling your feeder with this DIY delight, you'll supplement their diet and enjoy watching them feed and fly. Remember, in hot weather, keep the nectar mixture's concentration low to prevent dehydration risks.


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • Bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Mix sugar with hot water until completely dissolved.
  2. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Add mixture to hummingbird feeder!

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julie r.

julie r.

Making homemade hummingbird nectar is a fantastic idea! Not only can we ensure it’s free from additives, but it’s also a simple yet impactful way to contribute to the well-being of these charming birds. 🍯🥤 #HummingbirdNectar



Creating your own hummingbird feeder sounds like a wonderful DIY project! This National Hummingbird Day, I’m excited to try my hand at crafting a feeder that will attract these graceful creatures to my garden. 🌻🎨 #DIYFeeder

Dawn Wadja

Dawn Wadja

It’s heartwarming to see efforts to help hummingbirds thrive. Discovering ways to support them in our own backyards through planting, providing feeders, and creating a safe environment is a beautiful initiative. 🌼🌳 #HummingbirdConservation



Hummingbirds are such incredible creatures! Knowing more about their characteristics and behaviors is both intriguing and educational. Let’s cherish and protect these tiny wonders of nature. 🌺🍃 #HummingbirdAwareness



National Hummingbird Day is a fascinating celebration! Learning about the history of this day and the enchanting world of hummingbirds is sure to captivate nature enthusiasts. 🌸🐦 #HummingbirdDay

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