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Close Encounters of the Hummingbird Kind: Repeat Performance!

Broadbilled hummingbird

Green San Miguel

By April Gaydos

If you didn’t have a chance to attend Audubon’s sold-out Hummingbird Encounter event in March, Sandra Young has graciously volunteered to host a second event at her home on Tuesday, April 12. This event will provide you with a special opportunity to encounter the abundant hummingbirds in her garden that will dazzle you with their beauty, energy, warrior spirit, and acrobatic capabilities.

Audubon Special Event
Close Encounters of the Hummingbird Kind
Tue, Apr 12, 5–7pm
Members 200 pesos, nonmembers 250 pesos

Over the past 15 years, Sandra has created a sanctuary for hummingbirds at her lovely home in El Mirador near the Presa Allende. During the spring and fall migratory seasons 50 or more hummingbirds of a variety of species can be found feeding upon the flowers and at the feeders that Sandra lovingly maintains. For the migratory species, the nourishment will help fuel them for the arduous journey ahead.

What’s in store for you at this event? Audubon birding guide Norman Besman will share the natural history of hummingbirds, their mutually beneficial relationship with plants, and how to identify the native and visitor hummingbird species found in San Miguel. Sandra will share her experiences in feeding, gardening, and rescuing hummingbirds, and you will hear a story and see photos of an amazing rescue of two hummingbird babies that took place here in San Miguel. We will also provide you with valuable information about how to get started in creating your own hummingbird haven, including tips for providing food, shelter, and nesting sites. An array of beautiful and fragrant hummingbird attracting plants, courtesy of Franke’s Vivero, and Audubon’s hummingbird feeders will be on sale as well.

Then while enjoying a glass of chilled wine or iced tea, cheese and fruit, we will look at the variety of hummingbird-attracting plants in Sandra’s garden and enjoy viewing the birds as they zip around the garden and drink from the feeders. We will have a spotting scope set up so that you can see the birds up close and in detail.

Why make your home a haven for hummingbirds? The sad fact is the population of these vibrant and important species is declining, like those of other pollinators, due to habitat loss, changes in the distribution and abundance of nectar plants (which are affected by climate change), the spread of invasive plants, and pesticide use. How well they will ultimately adapt to these changing conditions is largely dependent upon the availability of food sources—something that all of us can help to provide.

We are especially thankful to Sandra for providing this second opportunity to witness such an abundant array of hummingbirds in one location—the numbers of which have even surprised hummingbird experts and researchers who have visited her home.

Proceeds from this event will support Audubon’s Nature in the City program, which promotes and develops beautiful and beneficial demonstration gardens for pollinators and other wildlife in San Miguel.

A map to Sandra’s home will be provided upon receiving your reservation at We will be coordinating ride-shares, so if you need transportation or can provide transportation, please let us know. Dress casually and bring your camera, a note pad, and pen!


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