Nature is truly divine and it has so many wonderful things to offer. If you simply decide to step out of the crowded city you live in and explore untouched nature somewhere near, you will see what a powerful and soothing effect it can have on all your senses. It will give you an amazing experience.
However, some people simply fail to appreciate nature’s beauty and therefore, there are many who don’t mind cutting a rare tree to use it as wood, instead of letting it live and reproduce.
Fortunately, there are also many nature-lovers and organizations that help protect Mother Nature and all its natural beauties. Ms. Rebecca Endicott, from TheEarthChild.co website, is one of those good citizens and she has written a great article to support experts’ call for U.S. citizens to check their gardens for tiny eggs. By writing this useful article, she wanted to help, as she calls them, “the good folks at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” who strive to protect the country and its ecosystem.
Spring is the season when nature awakens and many animals mate and reproduce. It is the time when the cute, tiny hummingbirds reproduce as well. For this reason, the USFWS decided to caution everyone about what to do and what not to do if they found a hummingbird nesting area.
They sent a message to all U.S. citizens by posting important warnings about hummingbird nests on Facebook. Their message went viral as tons of Facebook users started sharing their warnings with friends and family. Nature-lovers truly made their share in the strife for saving hummingbirds’ lives as the number of shares exceeded 250, 000.
The message was accompanied by a stunning photo of a hummingbird nest in the wild, taken by a photographer named Kelly Campbell. The photo depicts a very tiny hummingbird nest situated in the branches of an evergreen. It is so cute and it shows how small these birds are, which typically weigh less than one-tenth of an ounce.
The USFWS supported their warning by providing the following message:
“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”
This is a warning message to everyone, including nature-lovers and homeowners.
Hummingbirds’ habitat encompasses the whole territory of the Americas, as far south as Chile and as far north as Alaska during the summer months. When choosing a place to build their home, they look for one that suit all their needs, and they actually adore gardens, especially if they’re well-maintained.
Therefore, if you have a well-maintained garden, abundant in bright, nectar-rich flowers, and have hummingbird feeders and birdbaths in it, the chances these tiny birds choose your garden for their home are pretty high.
Once they decide to live in your garden, it also means that they will reproduce in it.
Female hummingbirds use moss, leaves and spider webs to build tiny nests. They prefer downward-sloping branches, especially ones that are located over running water, but will build in all sorts of environments.
Once they finish building their nest, they use lichen to decorate it and at the same time disguise and camouflage the nest. This helps them to ward off predators and protect their eggs, however, it might expose them to greater risk of garden-maintenance damage.
For this reason, if you are an American citizen, we urge you to carefully inspect your garden before you start trimming and pruning around.
Perhaps your trees will not be well-trimmed, but you will save many hummingbirds!
Please share this message with your friends and family and help save many tiny hummingbirds’ lives today!
Endicott, R. (n.d.). Experts beg everyone to check their garden for tiny eggs! Retrieved March 31, 2017, from http://www.theearthchild.co.za/experts-beg-everyone-to-check-their-gardens-for-tiny-eggs/