Mesquite – March 14, 2016 – The Virgin Valley is a great place to see hummingbirds in the spring. What species of hummingbirds frequent the Virgin River Valley and how can you tell them apart? We will explore the answers to these questions and others at the Friends of Gold Butte Speaker Series event at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Mesquite Community Theatre.

Hummingbird headshot_photo by David BoyarskiThe Friends of Gold Butte invited citizen scientists Ned and Gigi Batchelder and wildlife photographer David Boyarski to talk about their adventures banding and photographing hummingbirds in southern Nevada. The Batchelders will share what they have learned in a four-year study of hummingbirds in the northern Mojave Desert, where they have banded 3,000 to 5,000 hummingbirds each year. As required, their banding data is annually submitted to federal and state wildlife agencies and is used to determine breeding and migration range maps. To complement the presentation, Mesquite resident David Boyarski will share selections from his collection of hummingbird photos. Boyarski has documented the Batchelders work. His photographs include hummingbird nests they have jointly monitored.

“In the spring we start to see hummingbirds zipping about in Gold Butte,” says Jaina Moan, Executive Director. “We are excited to deepen our understanding of the behaviors and migration of these tiny, fascinating creatures.”

The presentation will provide insight into hummingbird nesting habits and common behaviors and include tips on things you can do to attract them to your yard. The program will be approximately 45 minutes followed by an opportunity for Q&A and discussion.

The Gold Butte Speaker Series in Mesquite is a monthly event held September-November and January-April each year. Topics in the series focus on educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational issues relevant to the Gold Butte region.

All presentations are held at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St. Doors open at 6:30PM. Presentations start at 7:00PM. We will have door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Presentations are free and open to the public. More information and schedule can be found online at http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org/events-2/education-program/.

About Friends of Gold Butte:
Friends of Gold Butte is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization with a mission to achieve permanent protection for Gold Butte’s biological, geological and cultural resources through education, community outreach and advocacy.

Photo by David Boyarski.

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