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Classroom Project: Hooked on Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are among the most beloved of birds. These remarkable tiny flyers are relatively easy to attract to your garden. You can engage your students by enticing hummingbirds to your school garden.

Getting Ready

Start your hummingbird project by teaching your students to identify the hummingbirds in your area. For a complete list of birds, identification tips, photos, songs, and natural history, check out the USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter.

Hanging Feeders

Hang feeders where students can observe them and where they are safe for and accessible to hummingbirds.

Planting Nectar Flowers

Students can research flowers they can grow to increase the food supply and help catch a hummer's eye. Flowering plants are especially important to sustain the hummingbird habitat over the summer.

Offering Shelter & Water

Remember to provide shelter and water in your schoolyard habitat.

Check out the National Gardening Association's original article.

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