Environment for the Americas has provided grants for research studies based in Mexico in order to learn more about restoration and habitat protection for birds.

Restoring Habitat for the Conservation of Migratory Hummingbirds

Restoring Habitat for the Conservation of Migratory Hummingbirds is a two-year study of the impacts of fire on the floral nectar resources of migratory hummingbirds in key wintering habitats to develop management practices and restoration strategies at local, regional, and international levels. The project benefited six Neotropical migratory hummingbird species, focusing primarily upon Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), an important pollinator and long-distance migrant whose populations have declined steadily since 1980, as well as the meadow habitats the Rufous uses at non-breeding sites in the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Jalisco, Mexico. This project’s end products include: 1) an assessment of the impacts of fire and fire severity on hummingbird habitat; 2) the role of post-fire restoration on meadows and other habitats used by hummingbirds; 3) recommendations for land managers regarding the effective use of fire as a management tool with consideration of migratory hummingbirds; and 4) restoration of 140 hectares to provide the nectar-producing plants migratory hummingbirds need  to survive at non-breeding sites. The project results benefit not only fire management in the reserve, but also in the state and elsewhere in Mexico.