Hummingbird Banding at:

Sabino Canyon, AZ

(Catalina Mtns.) 

Florida Canyon, AZ

(Santa Rita Mtns.)

Mt. Lemmon, AZ

(Catalina Mtns.)

Ft. Huachuca, AZ

(Huachuca Mtns.)


The next session at Sabino Canyon is on Saturday, October 4th, Ft. Huachuca is on Sunday, October 5th, and Florida Canyon on Monday, October 6th. Mt. Lemmon is finished for the season. Check the following pages for site dates and volunteer schedules.


Get close-up views of hummingbirds while assisting in a regional biodiversity study of hummingbirds in the USA, Canada and Mexico. 2014 is the 13th year of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network’s multi-year investigation of the distribution, migration and diversity of hummingbirds. Information collected during the study will be used to assist in the preservation and protection of hummingbirds.

    We need volunteers for trapping, recording and feeder assistance at monitoring stations.  If you would like to sign up to help out, please see the site schedules on Pages Two through Seven (see links at the top of the pages) and contact the site bander by email and they will get back to you.

Page Two - Sabino Canyon, Elissa Fazio,

Page Three - Florida Canyon, Elissa Fazio,

Page Four - Mt. Lemmon, Elissa Fazio,

Page Five - Ft. Huachuca, Laura Davis,

Page Six - Harshaw Creek, Susan Wethington,

Page Seven - Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, Heidi Lauchstedt,

    You should have an interesting time learning a bit more about hummingbirds, but you must realize that:

  1. 1.This is a scientific research program with 28 associated sites in AZ, CO, UT, NV, ID, NM, British Columbia and Mexico ( see ),

  2. 2.The positions for volunteers on monitoring dates are:

    a) Recorder - which requires legible handwriting and the ability to transcribe spoken data accurately,

    b) Trapper - which requires good hand-eye coordination to know when to drop the trap curtain and the manual dexterity to remove the bird from the trap and place it in a mesh bag without harming it or allowing it to escape,

    c) Feeder/releaser - on busy days, this person feeds each bird and releases it after it has been processed, which again, requires manual dexterity and bird handling confidence.

  1. 3.You will be given a brief training at the start of the session.

  2. 4.Each session starts at sunrise and lasts for 5 hours with setup and takedown time added to the start and finish.

    We also need volunteers to help with feeder maintenance between March and October at the Sabino Canyon, Florida Canyon, Ft. Huachuca and Sonoita Creek sites.

    The Sabino site is about a 20 minute walk from the Visitor Center parking lot. You will be given a set of feeders and instructions. See the feeder change schedule on Page Two.

    You can drive to the Florida Canyon site - feeders kept at the site. See the feeder change schedule on Page Three.

    . At the Fort Huachuca site, you will be given a set of feeders and instructions; the site is located at the Public Affairs Office. If you’re interested in helping with feeder maintenance, contact Laura Davis at

    At the Sonoita Creek site, the feeders are kept at the Park Headquarters. You will need to contact Howard Buchanan at for special instructions.

Species observed regularly at the Sabino Canyon site include Broad-billed, Black-chinned, and Costa’s and during migration, Anna’s and Rufous. 

Species observed at the Mt. Lemmon site are Broad-tailed and Magnificent and during migration, Rufous, Allen’s and possibly Calliope. 

Species observed at the Florida Canyon site include Broad-billed, Black-chinned, and Magnificent with Rufous, Anna’s and Broad-tailed during migration.

Species observed regularly at the Fort Huachuca site include Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-billed, Lucifer, Magnificent, and Violet-crowned; during migration Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Calliope; and occasionally Allen’s, Berylline, Blue-throated, and Costa’s.

What species will you see?
Volunteers needed for Monitoring sessions and Feeder Maintenance