The Hummingbird Banding Program
by Louise Breneman and Gail Loughridge
This citizen science program is sponsored by the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club and has been running for 16 years as of 2020. The hummingbird banding program was started in response to the obvious decline in sightings of hummingbirds in North America.
Cam Finlay started the Hummingbird Banding Program in Victoria, B.C. in 1998. Later, he solicited volunteers in the British Columbia interior to join the program. In 2004 the North Okanagan became part of the B.C. hummingbird banding program.
Anyone is free to participate – one only has to commit to participate for a 3 month period – May, June and July. Very finite training is required before participating in the program. We do have a number of very committed volunteers who have been with the program for a number of years.
Hummingbirds arrive in the North Okanagan about the middle of April. We have three sites that we band at in the North Okanagan, two we go to biweekly for 2 hours and one we also go to biweekly but for 5 hours. This is an early morning program to catch, band and measure the birds just after sunrise.
We have four kinds of hummingbirds in the North Okanagan: Anna’s, Black-chinned, Calliope and Rufous.
left: Anna's Hummingbird
below: Black-chinned Hummingbird
below: Calliope Hummingbird
below: Rufous Hummingbird
If you want more information or are thinking of joining the banding team please contact:
➢ Gail Loughridge at , North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club
➢ Dr. Alison Moran at , Royal Roads University, Coordinator of the BC Hummingbird Monitoring Program
➢ (HMN) - University of Arizona, Arizona, USA