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Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2017

The 2017 Sedona Hummingbird Festival was held in the City of Sedona from July 28-30, 2017. The focal point of the festival's activities was the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC), situated at the Sedona Red Rock High School—995 Upper Red Rock Loop road, Sedona, AZ. Activities included presentations by hummingbird experts, garden tours, bird banding, exhibits and sales, and birding trips.

The city of Sedona is located in the northern Verde Valley, which, east to west, is central of the U.S. state of Arizona. The state is recognized as one of the best for witnessing a variety of hummingbird species.

The New, Amethyst-Woodstar Hummingbird of Trinidad and Tobago

The amethyst-woodstar hummingbird, previously unknown to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, was discovered on the island of Trinidad—its accepted distribution is central, eastern, and northern South America—during the months of May and June 2015. Note, the species arrival or discovery is not entirely radical as hummingbirds began their migration to the Caribbean from South America five million years ago. Multiple sightings were made at the island's Northern Range, at Lopinot, a small village, Yerette, a hummingbird garden attraction, and the Asa Wright Nature Centre. The sightings were confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee in February 2016.

The amethyst woodstar is a small hummingbird bearing some resemblance to the rufous-shafted woodstar, but is slightly larger, and is distinguished by short wings, white spots behind the eyes, white splashes on the posterior flanks, and the adult male is ornamented with a purple gorget. Otherwise, it has dark green-bronze upperparts and a forked tail.

The Hummingbirds of Tucker Valley BioBlitz 2012

The Tucker Valley BioBlitz[1] 2012 was held from 17th to the18th of November, at Chaguaramas Peninsula, Trinidad. The event documented 98 species of birds from 41 families amongst which was the Trochilidae with seven representative hummingbird species: blue-chinned sapphire, copper-rumped hummingbird—the most common local hummingbird species—green hermit—favours foothills—long-billed starthroat, rufous-breasted hermit—favours grassland—tufted coquette, and the white-chested emerald. The tally represents one-third of the recorded Trinidad hummingbird species.

All the sightings were on the Morne Catherine Road, a seven-mile paved, climbing, and winding road, and, one of the sampling sights, leading to the summit of Morne Catherine (1,750 feet), and, the radar station of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT). The route offers a variety of habitat for hummingbirds as the lowest reaches are dominated by scrub on a gentle slope, but, later on, the vegetation turns to a forest and the climb steeper. The hummingbirds also benefit from the protected lands of the Environmental Research Station of the Centre for the Rescue of Endangered Species of Trinidad and Tobago (CRESTT) located on Morne Catherine.

1A BioBlitz is a biological survey, conducted by groups of scientists, naturalists, and volunteers over a short duration, usually 24 hours, aiming to document all the living species within a selected area. The Tucker Valley BioBlitz 2012 was organized by the curator of the University of the West Indies Zoology Museum (UWIZM), Mike Rutherford, with assistance from members of the UWI Department of Life Sciences, and, the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club (TTFNC).

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