North Carolina Botanical Garden


Flying Jewels and Wildflowers in the Garden: The Science of Banding Hummingbirds

with Susan Campbell, Naturalist



Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Fee: $18 ($16 Members)


During this online program, discover how researchers band ruby-throated hummingbirds, North Carolina’s only native hummingbird. Virtually meet local ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn how researchers trap, handle, and band these tiny birds for data recording. Learn about their fascinating lives and hear about native wildflowers and woody plants that provide nectar and fulfill habitat needs.


A hummingbird is a very small nectar-sipping New World bird of the family Trochilidae, characterized by the brilliant, iridescent plumage of the male, a slender bill, and narrow wings, the extremely rapid beating of which produces a humming sound: noted for their ability to hover and to fly upward, downward, and backward in a horizontal position. (



This program is offered through a partnership between NCBG and New Hope Audubon Society


Registration open through 8/22/2020 2:00 PM EST

About the Speaker

Susan Campbell is a licensed hummingbird bander and lead hummingbird researcher in North Carolina. She has been working with hummingbirds for over 15 years as research affiliate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Having banded over 4000 hummingbirds around the state, Susan has insight into the distribution, movements and ecology of North Carolina’s smallest bird species. In addition to her research, Susan is a Seasonal Naturalist with NC State Parks and is an educator as well as a writer who has regular columns in a variety of publications. She has been involved with other large annual hummingbird events around the state such as Wild Wings at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Belmont) and the Hummingbird Festival (Charlotte). You may have seen Susan working with her tiny subjects as part of the very first episode of “Exploring North Carolina” on PBS.

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This program will be offered using Zoom Webinar. Link and connection information will be sent with registration confirmation.