For many years my Dear Sister has been a conservator of one of Nature’s greatest resources, hummingbirds. (Also she is an avid supporter of bats conservation, but that story is for another day.)
So for today’s post I just want to pay homage to this marvelous work of divine “engineering.” Below are a few links which covers the many types, their features, the habitat, and migrations. These little birds, weighing less than a penny, with larger species weighing about a nickel, can fly up to 25 miles in a day during migration, with some migrating thousands of miles one-way yearly.
I venture to say that most people have never seen a hummingbird, especially up close. Those who have will attest to it being only a little short of a divine experience, and come away feeling blessed to have set eyes on one or more. Appearing in front of you to sip from nectar from a flower, they often are gone in a flash, moving at speeds impossible for the eye to follow.
Besides being one of nature’s greatest decorations, why are they important to us? They are pollinators, and are absolutely vital to sustaining nature at large. Much like bees.