April 17 & 23: Endangered Hummingbirds (Sedona April 17, Flagstaff April 23)

By Ross Hawkins

Few people are aware that of the 365 known species of hummingbirds, over 10% (39, to be exact) are threatened with extinction to various degrees. Of the group, 9 are ranked Critically Endangered, with a 50-50 chance of extinction in 10 years or less. Hawkins’ presentation will look at this aspect of hummingbirds, which was his motivation for creating the International Hummingbird Society in 1996. He will also look at aspects of hummingbirds which birders and non-birders alike will find interesting.

 Hawkins was trained to be a research scientist (PhD in physical chemistry) but decided to switch to his hobby, investment analysis, and eventually became a stockbroker managing individual accounts. His marriage to Beth Kingsley 31 years ago awakened a latent interest in hummingbirds, and the rest, as they say, is history. They moved to Sedona in 2006.

Chilean Woodstar

The critically endangered Chilean Woodstar, (Eulidia yarrellii), found only in two river valleys of northern Chile.