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.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hummingbirds Are Almost Here!
With the early spring we have had here in northern Minnesota I was thinking that the hummingbird migration would be early this year, but according to the migration map they are only slightly earlier than average in some locations.
I put out my feeder this morning in anticipation of their imminent arrival, after cleaning it thoroughly with hot water and rinsing with a very light bleach solution and another hot rinse. For nectar I mix 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water - no need to boil. Keep the feeder clean and you can enjoy watching their amazing aerial antics all summer.
The photo is of a male Magnificent Hummingbird I photographed near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica, so don't look for him at your feeder unless you live in southern Arizona.