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Attend a Hummingbird Hike

Join Tracy Aviary in the search for the Broad-tailed Hummingbird on our free Hummingbird Hikes! Sign up for a date to receive more information via email.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKES

James Madison Park (South Salt Lake) — Sun 9/1 @ 2pm

Big Cottonwood Regional Park (Millcreek) — Labor Day Mon 9/2 @ 10am

James Madison Park (South Salt Lake) — Wed 9/18 @ 6:30pm

James Madison Park (South Salt Lake) — Sun 9/22 @ 2pm

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TBD: James Madison Park (Riverfront) — Wed 9/25 @ 6:30pm

ADULTS-ONLY HIKES

These hikes are offered in partnership with Young Professionals Salt Lake City. Each event features a leisurely hike or stroll to search for hummingbirds. After the hike, we will head to a local venue to relax and bond over what we learned! RSVP below; space is limited.

Hike & Cheers with Tracy Aviary (Neff’s Canyon in Millcreek) — Sun 9/15 @ 2pm

Unwind with Nature (International Peace Gardens in Riverfront) — Thurs 9/18 @ 6:30pm

FAQ

What is Project Broadtail?

Project Broadtail is a community science (also called citizen science) project that helps us better understand how to protect the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a bird of conservation concern in the state of Utah. Participants have the choice to go on a hike with Tracy Aviary to search for Broad-tailed Hummingbirds or to document Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that they see around their home and in recreational areas. Community observations provide important information about Broadtail distribution patterns, habitat associations, and migration timing.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY SCIENCE?

Community science, also known as citizen science, is the practice of public participation and collaboration in research to better under-stand the world around us. In community science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection.

IS IT FREE?

Yes! This series of hikes is free and open to all. Between May-September, pick and choose when to join Tracy Aviary in looking for hummingbirds. We will work with groups, children, youth, and adults.

IS IT Kid-friendly?

Yes! At Tracy Aviary, we strive to make our programs inclusive for children, youth, and adults. Our destinations are selected for children and parents to safely hike together. Activities and discovery kits are provided to children. Parent participation in these activities are optional, though encouraged.

Participate at home by reporting data via our website. Learn More


 

COLLECTING AND SUBMITTING OBSERVATIONS

Once you have registered with the Tracy Aviary: 

  1. Keep an eye (and ear) out for male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds while hiking and biking, or at your feeders and in your garden.

  2. Record the following data for each of your male Broad-tailed observations:

    • Date

    • Time

    • Sky condition

    • Wind condition

    • Method of identification (sound, sight, both)

    • Number of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds

    • Location

    • Behavior (flying, feeding at flowers, at a feeder, etc.)

    • Presence of a nest

    • Other observations

  3. Submit data online through inaturalist.org, or turn/mail in paper data sheets

To create an inaturalist account:

  1. Go to inaturalist.org and sign up for free.

  2. Search projects and join Project Broadtail SLC.

  3. Simply add observations and photos (if applicable) to the project! (Observations can be added directly on the project homepage or uploaded to your personal account and then added to the project)

An iNaturalist App is also available for download to easily submit observations in the field!

Printable data sheets are available for download to use in the field! 

Where to find Broad-tailed Hummingbirds

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How to identify Male broad-tailed hummingbirds

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