travelers fly south each day, hunt for food, and keep warm each night,
they quickly use up fuel. So each morning — and early evening
after a day of flying — they feed up to replenish energy.
hummingbird can visit as many as two hundred jewelweed flowers
in fifteen minutes! Do these grow in your neighborhood? Keep
your eyes open.
deeper into what scientists have discovered about this amazing
A wildflower called spotted jewelweed blooms like
crazy during the rubythroat's fall migration. (It's also called touch-me-not
because its seed pods easily burst open.) Scientists think its nectar
is critical for hummer survival. And the flowers rely on rubythroats,
too! The blossoms are shaped just right to make a hummingbird the
perfect pollinator as it goes bloom to bloom in search of nectar.
Hummers need plants they can depend on throughout their long journeys
south. Just look at the routes they travel . . .