In response to dramatic increases in hummingbird activity at feeders following wildfires in Arizona, KAYTEE® Wild Bird Products and Cedar Works® Feeders, both Central Garden and Pet Company brands, are shipping $50,000 of KAYTEE Hummingbird ElectroNectar™ Concentrate and Cedar Works Planter Hummingbird Feeders for distribution to area residents.
The sponsors hope is that encouraging more residents of the affected areas to feed hummingbirds will help to spread out uncomfortably concentrated populations and improve the birds' chances of survival until they return to Mexico for the winter. This will become even more important over the next few weeks as thousands of southbound migrants arrive in the state from as far north as southeastern Alaska.
SABO is directing the project and will distribute free feeders and nectar concentrate at hummingbird banding sessions, local farmers' markets, and the Southwest Wings Birding Festival. Southeastern Arizona residents should check the Calendar of Events
for dates and locations where feeders and nectar will be available. For bird lovers in other parts of the country who would like to help, SABO is also accepting donations to support our ongoing hummingbird monitoring and public education programs and purchase of regionally appropriate nectar plants for distribution to private landowners in the affected areas. To contribute, please visit the Arizona Hummingbird Disaster Relief page
For more on the project, see this post on the blog of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology