How to help hummingbirds migrate

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The hummingbird is a bird of wonder, weighing less than an ounce and possessing a territorial nature with the ability to chase larger birds, like hawks, away from their domain. But these colorful and ethereal birds are in trouble. 

Hummingbirds and hundreds of other species of birds are becoming increasingly threatened due to environmental and weather conditions affecting migration. Climate change is becoming a more immediate problem than ever before, producing a shift in weather patterns and temperatures.

A seven-year study published by the National Audubon Society warns of the rising threat of climate change affecting bird migration factors. The study reports a significant northern shift of migratory patterns of 588 different species of North American birds due to climate change.


Hummingbirds, specifically the Allen’s hummingbird and the Rufous hummingbird, and various other birds, may be classified as endangered, or threatened, due to loss of habitat and food. Because they are migrating further north, their opportunities to find food and other mating birds, are being decreased.

Historically, these environmental shifts affecting bird migration factors took tens of thousands of years, but similar results can be seen in the next century, according to David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, in an interview with NPR.


Hummingbirds — all birds, in fact — can benefit from your direct action. Here are a few ideas on what you can do: 

  • >> PROVIDE FOOD: Continue feeding and growing flowers that attract your regular hummingbirds. Keep feeders clean to promote bird health.
  • >> GET THE WORD OUT: Increase conservation efforts in your community to safeguard critical habitat.
  • >> LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS: Work to curb greenhouse gas emissions by informing others and contacting local decision makers and politicians, as advised by the National Audubon Society.
  • >> PRESERVE COASTAL HABITATS: This is crucial for sustained bird migration factors. Many birds travel across the Gulf of Mexico during hurricane season. These birds can make the 600-mile trip all at once if necessary, but if they fight unfavorable winds with no stopover areas or areas with little food supplies, they are might not survive. We can ensure that these birds survive migration by making certain that there are enough birds populating the area and plenty of bountiful land to feed, bathe, and mate.


Hummingbirds and other migratory birds do not have to suffer from climate change affecting environmental conditions. We have the power to defy these effects.

What have you done in your community to preserve bird migration factors? Tell us in the comments! 

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard!

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Are you interested in learning how to attract hummingbirds to your backyard?  Do you already have a hummingbird feeder, but aren’t sure what else you can do to attract more hummingbirds?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this blog is for you!  Attracting hummingbirds to your backyard is not only a great way for you to enjoy bird watching, but it also is a way to provide these tiny birds with nectar, encouraging them to come back to your yard over and over again.
One of the easiest ways to begin attracting hummingbirds to your yard is by putting up a hummingbird feeder.  With the wide variety of feeders, it’s important to understand which feeder will be best for your yard.  Here is an overview of the types of feeders Perky-Pet® offers:Perky Pet Outdoor Shots 2010 050
Top Fill Hummingbird Feeders – These top fill feeders are available in a variety of sizes and styles, and allow for easy refill through a wide mouth.  A second benefit of a top fill feeder is that it is very easy to clean, allowing you to quickly clean your feeder and refill to continue attracting hummingbirds to your backyard.
Perky Pet Outdoor Shots 2010 026Bottom Fill Hummingbird Feeders –Traditionally, hummingbird feeders were filled from a small opening at the bottom of the nectar container on the feeder.  Perky-Pet® offers not only this traditional style feeder, but also funnel bottom feeders that allow for easier filling, reverse funnel feeders, and window bottom feeders, all designed to attract hummingbirds to your yard.
Perky Pet Outdoor Shots 2010 062Decorative Hummingbird Feeders – If you are looking for a hummingbird feeder that represents your style and will not only attract hummingbirds, but also be a conversation centerpiece in your backyard, then a decorative hummingbird feeder is the perfect choice for you!  With a variety of decorative feeders including, hand painted feeders, colored glass feeders, as well as elegant accent feeders, you can be sure to find the perfect feeder that fits your style!

In addition to adding a feeder to your backyard, a second way to attract hummingbirds to your backyard is as simple as planting flowers.  Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers such as Bee Balm, Delphinium, and even Coralbells.  Finally, a third way to attract hummingbirds is by adding trees and shrubs as a place for them to nest.  These trees and shrubs will offer hummingbirds shelter that is not only safe for them, but also close to a source of nectar from your feeder!  Check out our landscaping tips page to learn more about what types of flowers humming birds are attracted to and what trees and shrubbery will be best in your yard!

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Hummingbird Feeders for Your Yard and Garden

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Setting up hummingbird feeders in your backyard is a great way to attract various hummingbirds, as well as adding beauty to your backyard scenery.  When choosing a hummingbird feeder, there are various styles to pick from and it’s important that you select a feeder that not only works best for your type of yard, but also one that compliments your personal style and preferences.  Here are a few suggestions to help you select a feeder that is most suitable for your backyard!



Perky Pet Oasis Hummingbird Feeder

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      Perky-Pet® Oasis Hummingbird Feeder – This hummingbird feeder is the perfect choice for watching and feeding hummingbirds!  With its 16-oz. dish-style feeder and six feeding ports, the Oasis feeder allows for easy filling and cleaning and is the perfect addition to your backyard.

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      Perky-Pet® Aster Patented Top-Fill, Push-Pull Hummingbird Feeder with Free Cleaning Mop – The Perky-Pet® Aster Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder features our new Push-Pull technology for effortless refilling – just push, pour, then pull-and-lock! It includes an easy to fill wide mouth top and an advanced "sports bottle" like function to facilitate replenishing the nectar. The four feeding ports appear as yellow aster flowers, creating a sweet, inviting look.



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      Perky-Pet® Grand Master Hummingbird Feeder – Are you looking for a hummingbird feeder that allows you to spend more time enjoying the birds and less time refilling it?  If so, then the Grand Master Hummingbird Feeder is the one for you!  With a 48-oz. nectar capacity, this feeder features six feeding ports, with a wide-mouth top, allowing for quick, easy cleaning and filling.


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        Avant® Garden Fairy Dust Hummingbird Feeder – This feeder is perfect for both attracting and feeding hummingbirds.  As part of the Whimsical Collection in our Lifestyle Collection series, the fairy sits amidst the three red nectar containers, “talking” to the tiny birds as they feed.  With a 4.8-oz. nectar capacity, this feeder is perfect for fairy-lovers and hummingbird-lovers alike!

      No matter what type of hummingbird feeder you’re looking for, Perky-Pet® is sure to have one that fits your style!  Still not sure which style is best for you?  Check out our website to see more hummingbird styles and learn about hummingbirds. We have a wonderful guide that will help you choose the best hummingbird feeder for you!

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