My friend and illustrator/designer, Agnes, was doodling on some scrap fabric during a workshop break, and someone said, "Hey, Agy, why don't you try doing some embroidery on it?". Agnes had sketched a pair of hummingbirds and a bunch of flowers, and I thought, why not? Rise to the challenge.
The Importance of Hummingbirds
|Image credits - By Charlesjsharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12374160|
- Hummingbirds can only be found on the American continent, from southeastern Alaska to southern Chile.
- Hummingbirds used to be hunted for their feathers.
- Habitat destruction and the loss of / change in distribution of nectar abundant flowering plants are putting hummingbirds at risk. They are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- It has been reported that changes in our climate are causing flowering plants to bloom before the hummingbirds arrive from their migratory flight. This means that the flower would have wilted and no nectar would be available to the birds.
What Can We Do?
Being in Singapore, I know we can't do much, but if you live where they roam, you could follow this useful guide. However, I do think steps such as putting out bird feeders and using non-chemical methods to get rid of pests are things we can adopt elsewhere if we want to protect our own pollinators. We don't want to kill them!
Join and Work With Nature Society Singapore - working as an individual is a good start, but working together with others makes for a bigger impact to protect our local pollinators.