The Grand Portage Reservation is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The Air Quality Program has many ongoing projects in order to maintain healthy indoor and outdoor air. These projects include monitoring for regional haze and particulate matter, indoor air quality, invasive plant removal, public outreach, environmental education, alternative energy, and climate change.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Get Your Hummingbird Feeders Ready!

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are getting closer every day.

According to the migration map at they have been sighted in Duluth on May 2, so if the weather is nice we can expect them on the North Shore any day.

(photo from here)

Be sure to clean your feeder well with hot water and a very mild bleach solution, then rinse and dry it thoroughly. You can make your own nectar with a 4 parts water to 1 part sugar solution. According to some observers they prefer cane sugar, and there is no need to add anything such as dye. Keep your feeders clean and filled and you can enjoy observing these tiny winged jewels all summer long.

1 comment:

Tod said...

Very useful intel. And we have had several of the little buggers around the house already looking around for some food.